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Your response to nanny cams

September 16, 2008
by Kevin Kolus
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Do you believe LTC facilities need better surveillance technologies to document claims of abuse?


-Properly investigated ... I can make a determination. The problem with video cameras is there is no context and it is open to the interpretation and judgment of the viewer. Not my preference.

-I believe people in the institutional setting (staff) require extensive education on recognizing abuse and feeling comfortable to report abuse and administration to accept that despite how well they run a building. Abuse, whether verbal/misappropriation and physical abuse, does happen and it should never be down played despite the residents’ level of awareness.

-I believe a facility should be monitored by the administrative staff and supervisors to prevent abuse and I believe that there should be ongoing training with all staff.

-This would help to end abuse of our elders. Only the worst perpetrators will proceed when they know they are being watched by management.

-I think most of us in the LTC business make it a priority to ensure the safety of our residents. Surveillance would only serve to make people feel intimidated.

Agree with majority? Discuss your feelings on facility surveillance below.

Kevin Kolus

Kevin Kolus


Kevin Kolus wrote for Long-Term Living when he was an editor. He left the brand in 2012...