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Granny Cams in Missouri?

Published on June 27th, 2020

Missouri might be the next state to allow video cameras in nursing homes.  Since the coronavirus has limited visitation, advocates are pushing to allow cameras inside nursing homes. With homes currently on lockdown, families are even more worried they can’t check in on their loved ones.

Legislators in Missouri conducted a hearing on whether to allow cameras inside nursing homes. Some people say its been a long time coming. So called “granny cams” are already legal in Illinois. A bill to allow them in Missouri already made it through the State House of Representatives and just needs to pass the State Senate.

“It’s important that we take care of our nursing home residents in all times, but really in this time,” said Marjorie Moore with VOYCE.

She says the coronavirus crisis has highlighted the need for cameras in nursing homes.

It’s a possibility that a person could be dropped and not picked up in a timely manner. There is a big possibility that call lights are not being answered in timely manners, dietary needs aren’t being met, things like that, and there is no one in there to monitor right now,” Moore said.

She’s worried seniors conditions will deteriorate because of lack of mobility or mental stimulation. It’s all an attempt, they say, to ensure seniors are getting the best care.

“It’s really important to have those cameras so families can really monitor that,” Moore said.

The nursing home industry has signed onto the bill. They would co-own the footage and both parties would have to agree before it’s released to anyone other than law enforcement.

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