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Two more states are pushing ahead with camera monitoring laws within assisted living.
The Utah bill, House Bill 124, also prohibits any assisted living facility from retaliating against a resident, either through sanctions or discharge from the facility, for utilizing a camera or other recording devices under certain conditions.
These laws formalize the process a bit more.” Camera monitoring laws, like one that was recently approved by Utah lawmakers, expressly permits these cameras in resident rooms at a family’s request with some standards to ensure other residents are protected as well.
While five states have implemented monitoring regulations within skilled nursing settings, two other states are looking to spread these laws into assisted living and other long-term care facilities.Missouri has also taken a stance on the issue with the Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities Act.The bill was first read at the start of 2016, and could become effective as soon as August should lawmakers act on it.For example, a nursing home could say no to a family that wants additional monitoring for their loved one.
“Putting these laws on the books can eliminate some of the tension of there being no law,” Lundy said.While the bills allow cameras only if residents request them, assisted living industry groups have voice their concerns over camera-related regulations.