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What is your opinion?  Do security cameras in nursing homes work to help or harm residents that are under watch?  One recent article on PublicSource.com, a website devoted to Pennsylvania news, took a look at this issue.  According to their report, some PA seniors are currently unable to use video cameras as a way to connect with the outside world.  According to some nursing home owners and staff, they feel that cameras may intrude upon the privacy of other residents and the employees.  However, this also deprives residents of a way to maintain contact with friends and family outside of their room through the use of videochatting and other similar media activities.  This is complicated by the fact that Pennsylvania does not have clear video surveillance laws for nursing home and assisted living facilities.  As stated in the article, " Pennsylvania doesn't have regulations pertaining to cameras in nursing homes. A state wiretapping statute forbids audio recording without the consent of all parties; video is fine, though. Federal guidelines prioritize residents' rights, but there are conflicting interpretations."  This creates a sticky situation for family and friends of loved ones in nursing homes who not only want them to be able to connect with the outside world, but also know that they are being watched for instances of abuse and neglect.  What are your thoughts? 

Elder abuse can come in many forms, not just physical abuse.  Other, equally as damaging forms, of elder abuse can occur in settings such as nursing homes or hospitals.  Mental and psychological abuse, as well as financial and sexual abuse occur all too often to the elderly population.  If you feel that a loved one has been a victim of elder abuse, please contact Attorney Doug Stoehr to set up a free consultation.  Attorney Stoehr has experience and knowledge pertaining to elder abuse legal claims, and will work hard to fight for the rights of your family or friend.

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