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New State Laws Safeguard Nursing Home Residents

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Two laws aimed at protecting Oklahoma’s most frail and vulnerable residents took effect Nov. 1. AARP Oklahoma pushed for the legislation and forwarded hundreds of members’ emails to lawmakers to show support.

Residents of Oklahoma nursing homes and their families can now install video cameras in their rooms without fear of retribution. The bill was introduced after a camera caught an aide at an Oklahoma City nursing home gagging a 96-year-old woman with latex gloves. The other new law requires law enforcement candidates to receive training about dementia.

In addition, AARP supported a law that took effect May 29 allowing unannounced inspections at seven Department of Veterans Affairs centers, where 1,400 people live.

For details, go to aarp.org/ok.

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