States debate installation of monitoring cameras in nursing home rooms

The Senate medical affairs subcommittee of the South Carolina legislature voted on March 25 to adjourn debates on Senate Bill 257, The State reported.

The bill was introduced by Senator Paul Reynolds Thurmond (Republican of Charleston) and seeks to install video monitoring cameras inside nursing home rooms to prevent or prove incidents of abuse and neglect towards senior citizen residents.

AARP (formerly American Association of Retired Persons) Associate State Director for Advocacy Coretta Bedsole believes that installing video cameras in nursing home rooms could allow family caregivers to make sure their loved ones are safe.

However, nursing home industry representatives are opposing the bill. Five Star Quality Care Regional Director of Operations Derrick DeFino said that their senior residents have a right to their private lives, as some still have romantic relationships and others may not want their family members witnessing all of the help they are given.

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