Judy Ditkowsky points out web cams in nursing homes



From an article in the Suntimes, it is noted that nursing homes have to provide web cams to concerned family members. Good idea.

Editorial: What to know about ‘senior cams’ in nursing homes

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

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A “senior” version of “nanny cams” is about to hit Illinois nursing homes.

As of Jan. 1, a new state law, the Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities Act allows video or audio recording devices to be placed in Illinois nursing home rooms to monitor treatment.

“Senior cams” could range from a simple battery-operated camera that records action on a memory card to a more sophisticated Internet-connected device that allows live-streaming. Residents, or their relatives, must pick up the tab.

It’s a new option worth spotlighting and, under the law, all nursing home residents and their guardians must be informed…

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