Edwards signs nursing home camera bill into law
Posted on 6/1/2018 11:38:00 AM.

Governor Edwards signed River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot’s nursing home camera bill, as it breezed through the legislature. The law allows families to place remotely accessible cameras in their loved ones nursing home rooms for monitoring. Talbot says before you rush to grab that grandma cam, you need to talk to their roommate.

“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.

Governor John Bel Edwards, Kirk Talbot, Nursing Home Cameras

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