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Published on July 7th, 2020

The video of a nursing home resident punching his roommate taken inside the Westwood Nursing center in Detroit has increased the push for video monitoring in nursing homes. The 75-year-old man is recovering after the assault from 20-year-old Jadon Hayden. Michigan Senator Jim Runestad is now preparing a petition calling for nursing homes to allow patients to install cameras in their rooms, it is what he says – right now only five other states allow.  Runestad says Senate Bill 77 would establish that a nursing home patient – their family or advocate – would be allowed to monitor their own private room with a camera – under certain conditions… essentially the family would pay for and oversee the cameras.

“It’s just unbelievable how often this happens across the country and our state,” he said.

“This is a huge, huge problem,” said Sen. Jim Runestad (R-White Lake). Senator wants bill for video cameras inside nursing home room for senior safety, “I have literally watched dozens, hundreds, maybe thousands of videos (like) that online,” said Runestad.

Runestad says at the very least, allowing cameras inside patients’ rooms would deter bad or neglectful behavior and at the very best, give families some assurance that their loved one is getting the care they need.

“You have to require these nursing homes to allow the family to put the camera in,” he said.

Runestad is starting a petition drive calling on nursing homes, fellow legislators and governor Gretchen Whitmer to show their support – adding that it’s long past time we do something to protect our seniors from abuse.

“What we have now I believe is going to solve 90 percent of the problems if we get this passed,” he said.

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