“If your loved one has a roommate you have to get consent from that roommate. If they’re in a private room by themselves there’s no issue.”
Talbot says the cameras these days aren’t too pricey, but
he does warn you’ll have to buy a cellular data plan because you can’t hook it
up to the nursing homes Wi-Fi.
“The video cameras
they have now, you can go to Walmart and buy them wireless where you just hook
it up. It’s not like you have to get a contractor or anything like that to do that.”
The legislation was inspired by a nursing home incident
where a family suspected that the staff was physically abusing their relative,
but the River Ridge Republican says it’s not just to prevent abuse, it’s handy
just for checking in to make sure your loved one is looking healthy and happy.
“You can be on
vacation, you can pull up your phone and see how she’s doing. You know are they
moving her a lot, is she getting up, is she getting fed properly, so there’s a
whole lot of things that you can do.”
The law will go into effect after it is reviewed by the
Department of Health.