Elders’ Right to Videocam Monitoring

For Safety and Protection from Elder Abuse



Public policy analysis: Why the legislation is needed, arguments for and against, proponents, etc.


Video Recording to Ensure Honesty in Nursing Notes Act; an unbacked bill drafted by the Office of Legislative Counsel, and based on the Oklahoma bi-partisan bill (Oklahoma’s 2013-SB587 enacted into law) which was sponsored by the Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislature, and supported strongly by the Oklahoma AARP.


An essay “Why Cameras Should Be Allowed In Alzheimer’s Rooms” By Harry Crowell, one of the owners of Vista Gardens Memory Care (a residential care facility for the elderly) February 2014


Oklahoma: Original Oklahoma Senate Bill 587, as enacted                 Signing statement by Oklahoma Governor


Oklahoma AARP article:  New Oklahoma Law Will Provide Increased Protections for Nursing Home Residents


Illinois: Lexis Nexis article:  On Friday, August 21, 2015, Illinois Governor signed into law Public Act 099-0430, the Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities Act, which permits a resident of a nursing home and her family members to place video and/or audio recording devices in the resident’s room.   AARP Commends Governor Rauner and General Assembly for Protecting Vulnerable Illinois Residents


New Mexico:  Patient Care Monitoring Act 


Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services:  Information Regarding Authorized Electronic Monitoring for Nursing Facilities


Washington Health Care Association:   The Right To Surveillance – Residents Turn To Cameras To Deter Abuse” (Washington State law, under the rubric “Resident Rights”)


Federal law requiring monitoring of the resident in and immediately after restraint:  42 Code of Fed. Regs. § 483.362


Minneapolis MinnPost:   How surveillance cameras can improve medical care


JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Assn):   The Power of Video Recording - Taking Quality to the Next Level


The Jerusalem Post:  Researchers find surveillance cameras are beneficial to patients, staff in psychiatric hospitals


Cisco Video Surveillance Manager:  Virtual Patient Observation: Centralize Monitoring of High-Risk Patients with Video     Ten Ways to Save Money and Improve the Patient Experience


A petition to make it law, and get the government out of our bedrooms.




Prominent Geriatric Health Care Providers

Who as individuals Support the Right to Video Monitoring

and NOT on behalf of the entities for which they work (which are cited below):


Harry Crowell  IRVINE, CA     [One of the owners of Vista Gardens Memory Care, a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly]

"I am in the Alzheimer's care business and this is a subject every patient asks for. They are concerned for their personal safety. Our facility wants to be as careful as possible. Our employees, visitors and the residents are comfortable that they are watched over as carefully as possible."


Laura Mosqueda, MD  IRVINE, CA [Dr. Mosqueda is the Director of Geriatrics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine where she is also a Professor of Family Medicine. She is also the co-director of UC Irvine Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect.


Robert Neshkes, MD   LOS ANGELES, CA   [Head of Geriatric Psychiatry, West Los Angeles VA Hospital]

"There are many times, I have been uncertain as to what the cause has been for a patient's recent fall, how bad the fall was, and what part of the body took the impact. ICU's for example, commonly have video monitoring of patients in all rooms. Video monitoring allows doctors and nurses to provide better care."


James Spar, MD   LOS ANGELES, CA    [UCLA Prof. of Geriatric Psychiatry]

"I have professional experience with physical abuse of elderly residents of RCFE's, and this is one way to prevent it."


Phoebe Leibig, PhD, LOS ANGELES, CA [Associate Professor of Gerontology and Public Administration at USC; A Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the first Hanson Family Assistant Professor of Gerontology, she also served as senior economic policy analyst for AARP's Public Policy Institute; written numerous book chapters and articles on housing and long-term care, with particular emphasis on intergovernmental relations, state policies and cross-national comparisons. In 1997-1998, a Fulbright Senior Scholar award and conducted field research on old-age homes and services in India; in 2003, she received the Clark Tibbitts Award for Excellence in Gerontology from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.]


Deborah Newquist, PhD, IRVINE, CA [Assistant Clinical Professor of Gerontology at the University of Southern California (USC), past President of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers and has held positions on numerous community agency boards including the Alzheimer's Association of Orange County; Dr. Newquist's publications include a chapter on functional assessment for The Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, and co-editorship of the Technology for Aging in Place edition of the Journal of Geriatric Care Management. She has been featured in the New York Times on services for eldercare.]


Jon Pynoos, PhD, LOS ANGELES, CA [UPS Foundation Professor of Gerontology, Policy and Planning at the Andrus Gerontology Center of the University of Southern California. He is also Director of the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification, and Co-Director of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence which is funded primarily by the Archstone Foundation.  He has written and edited six books on housing and the elderly. Dr. Pynoos was a delegate to the last three White House Conferences on Aging and is currently on the Public Policy Committee of the American Society of Aging (ASA). He previously served on ASA’s Board and as Vice President of the Gerontological Society of America. He is a founding member of the National Home Modification Action Coalition.]


 Kathleen H. Wilbur, LOS ANGELES, CA [Mary Pickford Foundation Professor of Gerontology; Professor of Health Services Administration at the Andrus Gerontology Center of the University of Southern California. Dr. Wilber’s research has focused on improving the quality of life of people with chronic physical and mental health conditions, by improving the formal health and long term care delivery system. Her work on collaborative relationships among providers has examined cost effectiveness and health outcomes of different service delivery structures. In addition to health care, Dr. Wilber’s research has focused on protective services including the identification and treatment of elder abuse, adult protective services, guardianship and conservatorship, and alternative supportive and surrogate decision-making approaches.]



Situations Meriting Video Monitoring


Email from Department of Social Services (“DSS”) confirming that DSS prohibited videocams in residents’ rooms in Vista Gardens Memory Care, even though the residents, the staff and the facility want videocams to improve quality of care and prevent elder abuse.


Crime Investigation Report by California Department of Justice Special Agent, J. Timothy Fives, based in part on a resident’s video camera, which the nursing home later ripped out


Objections by California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF), a nursing home industry lobby, to videocams being allowed in the rooms of residents who want the monitoring for their own safety, along with our response to CAHF’s objections.