On January 1, 2016, Illinois will become one of just five states that explicitly allows electronic monitoring in nursing homes.
How This Law Came About
Governor Rauner signed this legislation into law in August 2015. The Illinois Department of Health receives approximately 6,000 complaints of nursing home abuse or neglect every year. It is the hope that this legislation and the use of electronic monitoring devices will decrease the risk of injury to nursing home residents and give families the peace of mind they deserve.
Here’s What the Law Means for Illinois Nursing Home Residents and Families
As of January 1, 2016, family members will be able to use cameras to monitor what is happening with their loved one in an Illinois nursing home. Specifically:
- Nursing home residents or their families may install audio monitors or video cameras in their rooms.
- The cameras must be purchased and installed at the resident’s or family’s expense. However, there may be some money available for families that cannot afford the equipment.
- The resident or the resident’s legal guardian must consent to the camera being placed in the room. Additionally, if the resident has a roommate, then the roommate’s consent is also required.
- The facility manager must be notified and a sign must be placed on the door identifying the room as one that is being electronically monitored.
- Nursing home staff who knowingly obstruct, disable, or interfere with the monitoring may face criminal charges.
- Evidence from the monitoring devices may be used in court if there are allegations of nursing home abuse or neglect.
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