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Ethical considerations for nursing home webcams

If you are the adult child of a parent in New Mexico who may be getting to the point of needing care beyond what you and other family members can provide, you may well have given thought to finding a nursing home or assisted living facility for your parent. This can be a very scaring proposition for many families as there are a number of residents who experience some form of neglect or abuse at the hands of those tasked with caring for them.

As reported by Yahoo News, some family members have tried to tackle this concern by finding ways to monitor their parents, similarly to how they may have installed cameras in their homes or in daycare centers to watch their children when they went to work. This approach has not been without its share of controversy, however.

One of the issues often raised with cameras in nursing home rooms is whether or not a resident is truly able to provide their consent to being recorded, especially if they have memory loss. Another issue is that of privacy. The most basic of daily living activities such as bathing, toileting and dressing could all be captured on camera. Some are concerned that this may be demeaning to residents. 

If you would like to learn more about the factors you should consider when trying to find appropriate and safe care for your aging relative, please feel free to visit the safe care for adult children's parents page of our New Mexico elder abuse and neglect website.


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