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Louisiana bill would allow video monitoring for nursing home rooms

March 30, 2018
by I Advance Senior Care
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When she visited her mother in a Louisiana nursing home, Lucie Titus found her with a black eye and severe back pain that the Alzheimer’s patient couldn’t explain.

Titus questioned the Slidell nursing home’s staff and she said they couldn’t explain what caused the injuries. Shortly thereafter, a compression fracture was discovered. Titus asked to install a video camera system in her mother’s room and was rebuffed by home administrators.

She believes if she could have seen what caused her mother’s injuries, treatment could have been quicker and involved less pain. Titus filed a lawsuit to set up the video monitoring, but her 92-year-old mother died in November 2017 before the issue was resolved, according to The Seattle Times.

Titus urged House lawmakers Wednesday to pass legislation allowing families to mount video cameras in their loved ones’ nursing home rooms and monitor them from afar.

Nursing home owners opposed the legislation, putting in dozens of cards objecting to the bill, but couldn’t stop its advancement. The committee voted 9-1 to send the measure to the House floor for debate.

Rep. Helena Moreno, a New Orleans Democrat, said her proposal would offer peace of mind to family members trying to keep track of a parent or grandparent in a nursing home and would help ensure nursing home residents’ safety.

“What’s wrong with just having an extra set of eyes, with having a loved one being able to check up on you?” she said.

Read the full story at The Seattle Times.