Bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing homes

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) – Illinois would become the fourth state in the U.S. to allow video and audio monitoring devices in nursing homes if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs legislation approved by the General Assembly.

Supporters — including Attorney General Lisa Madigan — say putting cameras in residents’ rooms would help ensure they’re treated well and give families added peace of mind.

The (Quincy) Herald-Whig reports some local nursing home administrators have concerns.

Mike Duffy is administrator of Good Samaritan Home. He questions whether a resident can give proper consent to be videotaped when it would often be a family member installing a camera.

Madigan says the law would require consent from the resident and any roommates.

She says cameras could help resolve disputes over suspected abuse and neglect.

___

The bill is HB2462.
___
Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig