A new nursing surveillance law proposed by the Ohio legislature has opened up the potential permission for nursing home residents or members with power of attorney may be allowed to place hidden cameras in the resident’s room.
The proposed legislation is titled “Esther’s Law” in honor of one man, Steve Piskor’s late mother Esther Piskor whose abuse was brought to light when Steve Piskor placed a hidden camera in his mother’s room.
According to Mr. Piskor, before the hidden camera was installed, he had notified management at the facility on numerous occasions about his suspicions that his mother was being abused by staff members. According to his report, his concerns were ultimately ignored by the staff.
Piskor also said that the treatment of his mother and other residents in the home was “like on an assembly line” where staff members were “doing the same things instead of treating [residents] with dignity and respect.”
According to Cleveland Channel 5, multiple state representatives have voiced their support in co-sponsoring the nursing home surveillance law that would give permission to family members to electronically monitor loved ones in nursing homes through hidden surveillance cameras.
State Representative Juanita Brent serves District 12 and said the additional surveillance measures outlined by the nursing home surveillance law are crucial. Some detractors from the nursing home surveillance law have given the idea some pushback about whether surveillance cameras are a violation of patient privacy.
One controversial stance that lawmakers rebutted with in support of the nursing home surveillance law was if the caregivers are behaving then they shouldn’t be concerned about the added presence of hidden cameras.
Juanita Brent described the hidden camera as “an extra set of eyes for all of our family members who are really in their most vulnerable state.” If the nursing home surveillance law becomes law, the nursing home resident or their power of attorney would be required to agree to the surveillance camera being installed in their room.
For more information about the questions to ask before placing a loved one in a nursing home, visit the National Association of Nursing Home Attorneys’ FAQ Page.