Mike DeWine, Ohio’s Attorney General, announced on July 1 that he was revoking Autumn Health Care’s facility license. All employees have been notified of the facility’s closing.
The Columbia Dispatch reports that the news comes after the state revealed that it had installed secret cameras inside some of the facility’s residential rooms. This was done in an effort to unearth claims of abuse and neglect. This is thought to be among the first investigations relying on surveillance tools of this sort.
Can and should private citizens install cameras in nursing homes? Susan Master thinks so. She placed a hidden camera in her mother’s room. She suspected that her 95-year-old mother, whom suffers from dementia, was being mistreated by her care providers at a Columbus facility.
Master’s fears were confirmed. Within the first month she claimed that she saw her “mother sitting up in bed, calling out for help, for several hours.” When a care provider finally arrived to find Master’s mother had soiled her bed sheets “the aide blew up and yelled at her. She was inches away from my mom’s face, and my mom’s head was down like a scolded child. She threw a clean gown at her and hit her in the face.”
Master went to the facility’s director, who then immediately fired the offending employee. Master believes that surveillance should be a legal option for families of the elderly under nursing home care.
“Granny Cams” have made a difference in Minnesota, too. Click here to learn more about one example of abuse in Minnesota caught on surveillance video.
There, a 91-year-old resident of assisted living facility was assaulted by night shift care provider. The assault was captured on a hidden surveillance camera. The Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm represented the resident in a law suit to hold care provider and owners of assisted living facility accountable for abuse of vulnerable adult.
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