After a decade-long fight with lawmakers to allow cameras inside nursing homes, a woman in Missouri received a victory this past week. After her husband passed away due to nursing home neglect, Martha Eudaley began to fight for better protection of residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, including allowing video monitor access to residents’ room. This August, the “Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities Act” went into effect, allowing the installation of cameras in residents’ rooms.
The act passed in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, when accountability and transparency is more necessary than ever. Many families have not seen their loved ones in long-term care for months, and are not able to check on them as frequently or thoroughly as before.
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