A new state law that will take effect Jan. 1 will allow residents of long-term care facilities and their families to use electronic recording devices to monitor their safety and welfare. At least four other states have similar laws.
Residents or their families must purchase the camera and pay for installing it. The resident or resident’s guardian—and any roommates—must consent to its use. The law prohibits nursing home staff from discriminating against residents who use such equipment and from tampering with it. The recordings can be used only for civil, criminal or administrative proceedings related to a resident’s health, safety or welfare.
“This could help reduce the number of cases of elder abuse and exploitation reported each year in Illinois,” said Lori Hendren, AARP associate state director for advocacy and outreach.
To learn more about the law, call 866-448-3613 toll-free.