Both the Illinois House and Senate have approved a bill that will allow video cameras in Illinois nursing homes. The bill was passed in both houses after several concessions were made by both parties, but the bill must still be signed by Governor Rauner, a former nursing home owner himself, before it becomes law.
There are some unfortunate limitations to the bill, such as the cameras needing to be placed in "conspicuously visible" locations in the room, and that the monitored rooms are marked as such.
Additionally, the cameras will be paid for by the nursing home resident's families. Opponents to this provision hoped for some form of government aide to help pay for these cameras. While it is undetermined how expensive these cameras will be, the cost will almost certainly be a prohibiting factor to use for at least some nursing home residents.
The attorneys at Rosenberg, Eisenberg & Associates, LLC, are unclear whether the proposed bill, given its limitations, will have the desired impact of reducing the number of abuse and neglect cases in Illinois nursing homes, but are cautiously optimistic for a positive result.
Regardless of whether the proposed bill is signed into law, it will remain important for families to stay vigilant in monitoring their loved ones for signs of abuse or neglect in Illinois nursing homes. To learn more about nursing home abuse and neglect, and what you can do if you or a loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect, you can contact the experienced nursing home attorneys at Rosenberg, Eisenberg & Associates, by clicking here.
Check back with us for further updates and to find out whether Governor Rauner signs this proposed bill into law.