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Bill to allow video cameras in nursing home rooms passes House committee

Apr 02, 2018 11:35AM ● By Flint Zerangue, Sr.

(LA Radio Network) Louisiana: Despite opposition from nursing home owners, a proposal that would allow for surveillance cameras in nursing home rooms has cleared a House committee. New Orleans representative Helena Moreno says her bill would allow an extra set of eyes on a loved one who is in a nursing home.

“I view it as a matter of safety to have peace of mind if you’re back home,” Moreno told the Health and Welfare committee.

She crafted the bill so nursing homes would not be responsible for paying for the equipment.

“The cost burden goes to the family member who wants it installed so none of the cost goes to the nursing home,” Moreno says.

Lucy Titus testified how her mother who was ninety years old and suffering from Alzheimer’s mysteriously had a black eye.

“I contend if there had been a camera present I could have gotten her treatment much sooner than we did,” said Titus.

Several nursing home representatives filled out opposition cards, but no one spoke in opposition. The bill now goes to the full House.