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    Re: Would Cameras in nursing homes stop abuse?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I worked in a nursing home with my mom (she specialized for over 30 years in geriatrics) when I was 15-16 years old (I had to actually get a work permit). I had a background check, drug test, and had to get some vaccinations and a TB test. My job was basically that of a paid candy striper (my job title was "Helping Hand", and I made just over minimum wage, and yes my mother was the reason I was offered the job). After school, I refilled everyone's water pitchers, took a break, then gave out snacks.

    Not everyone was old, but this facility didn't do certain kinds of care. If a resident declined to a certain mental state where they were mobile but either violent or prone to wander off, they had to be transferred to a different, more secure facility.

    We had a lot of people who were very cognizant they just couldn't completely take care of themselves for various reasons. There were at least two couples where only one really needed to be there but the other couldn't care for their spouse. There were others who couldn't move from their beds (one of the women there was under 40, had MS but was mentally very sharp, she was such a great person, and the older staff had no problem with letting the 15/16 year old take her out to help her smoke). There were several with alzheimers who didn't know where they were at times, who others were. At least one man had dementia and Im pretty sure ended up getting moved to a more secure facility because he kept trying to leave and do other things to hurt himself. There was also a dirty old man who liked to get naked and hit on the female staff.

    But I definitely can see problems with mandating cameras in rooms. And it still wouldn't have prevented this sort of incident. He wouldn't have cared because he had severe mental problems. He shouldn't have been in this type of facility. That was the failing in this case. Most abuse in such places happens by the staff, who would know where the cameras are that would stop such events earlier. All hallways and other public areas should be monitored via camera, which could help reduce this sort of situation by catching someone in the wrong area earlier.

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    The thing is with cameras established in every room for ever patient that wants one, and in hallways could still help if federally monitored. An elderly being abused could make a stand at a camera and refuse to leave the cameras pressence until someone sees them protesting. I agree if the staff was abusive they would get used to where the cameras are.
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    Re: Would Cameras in nursing homes stop abuse?

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtpoorchris View Post
    The thing is with cameras established in every room for ever patient that wants one, and in hallways could still help if federally monitored. An elderly being abused could make a stand at a camera and refuse to leave the cameras pressence until someone sees them protesting. I agree if the staff was abusive they would get used to where the cameras are.
    And it would be a violation of their privacy. However given how many patients are in such care facilities, it would be unlikely that even those who were being abused like this patient was would get seen before anyone could help. There are other things that could help, like ensuring the patients (especially the cognizant ones) have an alert button on them as well as one near their bed and in their bathroom to be able to raise an alarm in such a situation.

    I don't have any issue with those patients who want a camera in their room to have one as long as they are fully informed. I do have an issue with family members making the decision, especially if the patient is cognizant at all.

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    Re: Would Cameras in nursing homes stop abuse?

    God dammit now I feel bad arguinng with my mom yesterday about elderly nursing home patient rights. Horrible timing. After we got in a fight the next day one of her residents died. 104 years old. My stupid cursed timing.
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    Re: Would Cameras in nursing homes stop abuse?

    I have been in nursing homes at the wrong time and have seen "diaper-changing time," walking past rooms with helpless people exposed because, I guess, this is "efficient." Never mind the human dignity deserved by even the most vulnerable of us all.

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    Re: Would Cameras in nursing homes stop abuse?

    People in the end phase of their lives have few enough opportunities to retain any dignity. Putting cameras everywhere as they are moving toward their final breath is not something I could get on board with.
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