Installing a camera in a nursing home patient’s room can bring peace of mind to loved ones, helping them ensure the resident is receiving proper care. But is it allowed? Texas is one of the few states with laws specifically allowing residents of nursing homes to install surveillance cameras, sometimes referred to as “granny cams” in the 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. However, there are certain guidelines you must follow.
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. The Texas law 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 facility can be a scary and difficult decision. Installing a camera can help a resident’s family and loved ones monitor the care they are receiving. They 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 all of the laws regarding electronic monitoring of resident’s rooms. The Department for Aging and Disability Services (DADS) 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 Texas, 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.