The Advocate had an excellent article on the legal struggle to place a video camera in a resident’s room after the nursing home denied the family’s request. After Ann Graff, a nursing home resident at Heritage Manor of Slidell, ended up with a black eye and no one could explain how she got it, her daughter asked permission to place a video camera in Graff’s room. An MRI taken determined that Graff had a fractured vertebra, which required surgery.
“The fact that the facility cannot tell me how she was injured leaves me guessing about what she experiences each day,” her daughter said. Now, the family is asking a federal court to require the nursing home to allow the camera. The family agreed to bear the cost of operating the camera and monitoring its footage. The camera does not record audio, and would record video only of Graff’s bed. The family received permission from Graff’s roommate and would have put up signs notifying visitors to the room of the camera.
A civil rights lawsuit claims Heritage Manor and its owner, Medico LLC, are discriminating against Graff on the basis of her disability and violating her rights as a Louisiana nursing home resident. Medico is affiliated with nursing home magnate Elton Beebe, a major donor in Louisiana political campaigns.
The Advocacy Center of Louisiana and the AARP Foundation are representing the women in the lawsuit, which says it seeks to enforce Graff’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Housing Act and the Louisiana Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights.
In the 2015 Louisiana governor’s race, Beebe’s family and associated businesses donated at least $67,500 to John Bel Edwards and his top opponent, David Vitter. That same year, Beebe and his family also donated $25,000 to former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s failed presidential campaign.