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May 7, 2012

After two nursing aides were recently caught on a hidden camera abusing an elderly nursing home resident, the debate over the usefulness of cameras in nursing home patient rooms has fired up again.

The nursing home abuse incident involved two aides at Quail Creek Nursing Home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma being caught on camera shoving latex gloves into a dementia patient’s mouth and repeatedly pushing on her chest.

“If it had not been for a camera in the room it is highly likely that this person would have been assaulted again. And due to the severity of this assault, the next one could have been greater and taken her life,” said Wes Bledsoe, a nursing home resident activist.

Bledsoe sees episodes such as the one at Quail Creek as proof positive that cameras should be in every nursing home resident’s room.

Still other maintain that a camera in a resident’s room is a violation of privacy.

There are currently no laws on cameras in nursing home rooms, so it is up to individual nursing homes to decide their own policy on the matter.

Capturing nursing home abuse or neglect on camera is no doubt a great tool in the fight against nursing home abuse. A nursing home abuse lawyer can help you and your family get justice if you capture abuse in a nursing home on camera.


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