Nursing home opposition hasn’t slowed a proposal to let Louisiana families install video camera systems in their loved ones’ nursing home rooms. Under the legislation, the cameras would be voluntary. The costs would have to be paid by the nursing home patient or family member. Any roommate — or a legal guardian — would have to agree to the camera installation. Nursing homes would be prohibited from ousting or retaliating against residents who choose to install the monitoring device.

Supporters said it would give family members the ability to monitor their loved ones from afar.  The nursing home industry lobbyists allege that live-streamed video could be hacked, facilities’ private medical records could be targeted and privacy could be threatened.  Many state senators seemed incredulous at the ridiculous objections raised by the Louisiana Nursing Home Association.

“I mean, really?” said Sen. Norby Chabert, a Houma Republican who pushed back against the claims.   Chabert said the nursing homes’ opposition seemed to suggest they don’t want people to be able to see their family members in real time. “That’s kind of fishy to me,” he said.

Supporter Lucie Titus, who said her mother, an Alzheimer’s patient, was unable to explain injuries she suffered in a nursing home. Titus asked to install a video camera system in her mother’s room and was refused by home administrators. She believes if she could have seen what caused her mother’s injuries, treatment could have been quicker and involved less pain. Titus filed a lawsuit to set up the video monitoring, but her 92-year-old mother died in November 2017 before the issue was resolved.

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