However, as New Jersey has displayed, a Safe Care Cam Program is an affordable and easy solution to check in on mom or dad inside the facility.Using these free rental cameras, family members can keep an eye on the resident at their convenience and at off-hours.A 17-member work group was asked to advise the Minnesota Legislature on ways to regulate the growing use of hidden cameras and other electronic surveillance equipment in senior care facilities.Families seeking to prevent abuse or neglect of their loved ones in nursing homes by using hidden cameras, or “granny cams,” would face more restrictions under recommendations issued this week by a state work group.Covert video surveillance is a type of search, Del Greco said, but because the office obtained consent from every resident or guardian whose care was recorded, it didnt need a warrant.There need to be certain conditions met, and one of our concerns is, were those conditions in place to authorize a warrantless search?The 17-member group was asked to advise the Legislature on ways to regulate the growing use of hidden cameras and other electronic surveillance equipment in senior care facilities, while balancing privacy rights with efforts to deter abuse.It began meeting in June, following several well-publicized cases in which cameras substantiated reports of abuse and neglect at local nursing homes.
The camera use left many of the states nursing homes with more questions than answers, said Pete Van Runkle, the executive director of the Ohio Health Care Association, whose members include more than 800 residential-care facilities. The first question many asked was whether the surveillance cameras were legal.
It marked the first time state authorities had used "granny cams" to spy on nursing-home operations. It marked the first time state authorities had used granny cams to spy on nursing-home operations. Its a new day and a new way of approaching this, he said on that June 6 morning. So far this year, the attorney generals office has opened 131 abuse and neglect cases, compared with 74 cases in the same period last year.
Sixty-three of those cases were opened following De Wines news conference.
New Jersey just made that easier for its residents.
Attorney General Chris Porrino announced recently that the State of New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs will sponsor a program to distribute mini surveillance cameras for use inside nursing homes to monitor care provided to residents.