When your loved one enters a nursing home, it can be a difficult process for both you and them. You may fear that your loved one will not get treated properly or that something bad may happen. You may think that the home putting a camera in your loved one’s room is the best solution. Some nursing homes watch their employees through the use of video cameras. But, the truth is there are both positives and negatives to having a camera put in your loved one’s room. These are a few factors to consider before having a camera put into your loved one’s room.
Pros of Nursing Home Cameras
Having a camera in your loved one’s room means family member can oversee treatment. If any neglect or abuse occurs in a room monitored by a camera, the abuse will get recorded. The footage will be kept as evidence to give to the police. The abuser would be immediately punished for their actions and fired. This would ensure the safety of your loved one and the other residents in the home. Another positive use of a camera in a nursing home is to have it act as a deterrent for neglect or abuse. If the staff knows that there are cameras in the rooms they may not attempt to neglect or abuse residents. Cameras can provide some benefits when it comes to the safety of residents.
If cameras were monitored by nursing home staff, it will ensure that all residents are safe. For example, if a resident is not supposed to get up on their own, the staff can see them trying to move around unsupervised. The staff could go to help them instead of risking the resident falling and getting injured.
Negatives of Nursing Homes
But, keep in mind that there are some negative factors involved in having cameras in homes. While you may not have a problem with a camera in your loved one’s room, your loved one might. Your loved one may consider the camera to be an invasion of privacy. A camera limits physical privacy as well as emotional privacy. For many residents, being in a nursing home is difficult enough. They want to hold onto some of their privacy.
In addition to privacy, there is a dignity factor to consider. Elderly people are not children. They have lived a full life with many experiences and years of wisdom. Though not as physically abled as they once were, elderly people do not want to be thought of as helpless. Few people would like to have their bathing and intimate care on display for others to see.
Another negative to having cameras in rooms is that staff could rely too heavily on them. It may begin to limit physical checks and verbal communication with residents.
A friendly relationship between nursing home staff and residents might change due to cameras. Nursing home staff could fear that whoever is watching on the other end of the camera will misinterpret their actions and fear repercussions. This could cause nursing home staff to be more distant.
As you can see, there are positives and negatives to placing cameras in nursing homes. While they can act as a way to deter or document neglect or abuse, they can also limit your loved one’s privacy. Be sure to talk to your nursing home about its camera policy. If you or your loved one feel uncomfortable with this policy, be sure to communicate this to the staff.