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Can I Legally Install a Nanny Cam in My Loved One’s Nursing Home Room?

Choosing to place your loved one in a nursing home likely was not an easy decision to make. While most nursing homes are good facilities that take care of their residents, there are some that fall below the standard.

It can be devastating to even merely suspect that nursing home abuse has occurred. However, if you are suspicious of abuse, you may consider installing a nanny cam in your loved one’s nursing home room. Read on to learn if this is legal.

Yes, It Is Legal

Fortunately, it is legal in the state of Missouri to place a camera inside your loved one’s nursing home room.

Under the Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities Act, the families of nursing home residents are approved to install a camera in their room.

The purpose of this law was to allow greater visitor access for nursing home residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. Most nursing homes were not allowing in-person visits at the height of the pandemic to help slow the spread of the disease.

Having a camera for residents to use to communicate with family members has made a big difference in the quality of life for the elders.

A Facility Must Accommodate a Resident’s Need for a Camera

According to the law, a nursing home facility must accommodate a resident’s request for monitoring via camera and may not refuse to admit someone who requests one.

If a camera intended for monitoring is intentionally harmed, it is punishable by a class B misdemeanor. Harming the camera can include any of the following:

  • Hampering,
  • Obstructing,
  • Tampering with, or
  • Destroying.

We’re Here to Help Nursing Home Residents and Their Families

If you or your loved one has suffered abuse in a nursing home or has had a monitoring device illegally harmed, you and your family may be eligible for compensation for your losses.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our skilled nursing home abuse team right away to learn more about how we can help with your case.

Call Dempsey & Kingsland, P.C. today at (816) 484-3776 for a free consultation regarding your case.