Can I Install a Camera in a Nursing Home?

Installing a camera in a nursing home resident’s room can bring peace of mind to loved ones. A camera can help them ensure the resident is receiving proper care. But is it allowed? Texas is one of the few states with laws that allow residents of nursing homes to install surveillance cameras in their rooms. It is your right to monitor the level of care your loved one is getting since you can’t be with them 24/7.

There are certain guidelines you must follow under Texas law:

  • The nursing home must be given prior notice. By law, the nursing home cannot refuse your request to install an electronic monitoring device. They cannot refuse admittance or remove a resident because they request to use a camera.
  • If there is a roommate in the room where a camera will be placed, you must have their written consent. Otherwise, you risk violating their privacy rights.
  • The resident or their guardian must pay for all expenses related to electronic monitoring. This includes the cost of the equipment, installation, and maintaining the device.
  • There has to be a clearly visible note in the resident’s room showing the room is being monitored by a camera.

The law also states that nursing facilities must make reasonable accommodations for anyone requesting to install an electronic monitoring device in a resident’s room. This also extends to assisted living facilities. The camera is allowed to be covert (hidden), but the facility also has the right to request the camera be in plain view.

Putting your loved one in a nursing home can be a scary and difficult decision. Installing a camera can help you monitor the care they are receiving. Cameras can also help catch any abuse or neglect that might be happening. It’s important to know your rights. The Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 242, Subchapter R outlines the laws about electronic monitoring of resident’s rooms. Texas Health and Human Services (THHS) requires Form 0066 to be filled out and given to the nursing facility. You can download an electronic version of that form by visiting their website.

If you or a loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse and neglect in a Texas nursing home, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced nursing home attorneys at Powers Taylor today. Call us for a free consultation at 214-239-8900.



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