With the rise of new technology and the increasing older population, there is a growing demand for a new means of protection in long-term care facilities. Although surveillance cameras are not a suitable replacement for personal involvement from staff and family members, several states have enacted laws and regulations for electronic monitoring in resident rooms of long-term care facilities. VOYCE is proud to have been a part of passing Missouri House Bill 1387- Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities which was signed by Governor Parsons on July 14, 2020.
Rules are now being put in place by the Department of Health and Senior Services and it is expected that families will be able to place monitors in loved one's long-term care facilities in late August.
The Need for Electronic Monitoring.
There are many reasons residents, family members, and facilities have elected to install an electronic monitoring device, including but not limited to:
• Filling gaps in security and protection from abuse, theft, and neglect
Protecting Long-Term Care Residents
Electronic Monitoring would allow residents and their representatives:
Why VOYCE Supports Electronic Monitoring
As long-term care staff and families of residents are unable to provide a 24/7 watchful eye on each resident, VOYCE believes that Electronic Monitoring would provide residents with improved quality of care and safety, while allowing families the ability to monitor belongings, quality of care received, and confirm or disprove allegations of elder abuse and maltreatment.
“Granny Cam” States
To combat various forms of abuse and ensure safety, adequate care, and security, 11 states have passed “granny cam” laws:
Missouri, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Illinois, Washington, Utah, Maryland, Kansas, Louisiana, and Virginia.
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