A recent survey of assisted living and skilled nursing providers examined the use of cameras in residents’ rooms. While the issue of cameras is getting increased attention, 90 percent of respondents reported having never placed a camera in a resident’s room. One quarter of these providers reported that they currently allow family members to place cameras in residents’ rooms. Of those facilities that allow cameras, half require signs that indicate those rooms in which cameras are in use.
The providers surveyed also had a number of concerns about camera use. In particular, they were concerned about the privacy of residents, staff, and visitors. Another common concern was the potential for litigation. Less commonly cited concerns included the potential for cameras to undermine the trust between residents and staff, and cameras negatively impacting staff morale.
Those providers surveyed acknowledged some potential benefits of cameras. In particular, they thought that cameras could be helpful for investigating complaints, could help facilities monitor staff, help determine the causes of falls, and show families how a resident behaves.
Mongan, Emily. Survey: Cameras cause providers privacy, litigation concerns. www.mcknights.com. http://www.mcknights.com/news/survey-cameras-cause-providers-privacy-litigation-concerns/article/506841/. Accessed Tuesday, July 26, 2016.