How Hidden Cameras Can Help Keep Your Parents Safe
Ever since the dawn of man has survival of our species been dependent on only the strongest surviving. The weakest among us have always been targets, no matter whether it’s bullying in grade school, sexual assault of women on college campuses or senior citizens being victimized by elder abuse in nursing homes or long-term care facilities.
In this article, we will talk about how you can help protect your parents with a hidden camera when they’re in a nursing home or long-term care facility. It used to be illegal. But times have changed and more states are legalizing the use of hidden cameras in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
There is absolutely no doubt about the overwhelming evidence that shows that senior citizens are victimized in nursing homes with some form of elder abuse. That abuse can be physical, mental, psychological or verbal.
One study showed that close to 60% of all patients in long-term care facilities and nursing homes were subjected to some form of elder abuse. The statistics for in-home healthcare are difficult, if not impossible, to assemble but one has to assume that they are the same. So no matter where your parents are located when they need medical assistance in their sunset years, elder abuse will be lurking in the shadows.
One of the major problems associated with proving elder abuse is that many of these senior citizens have dementia or Alzheimer’s and can’t remember what happened to them. That makes proving a case very difficult.
Until recently, it used to be illegal to use a hidden camera in a nursing home or long-term care facility room. Many children did it anyhow to protect their parents. Finally about a year ago, a groundbreaking law in Oklahoma started changing the legality of hidden cameras in these facilities. Now states are lining up to follow suit with Ohio and Texas leading the way.
Proving a case of elder abuse in a nursing home is one of those situations where a hidden camera may be the only way to document what happened. That was one of the tipping points in changing the law. Elder abuse is so prevalent that something had to be done. Allowing hidden cameras was seen as the only way.
A hidden camera, of course, can be used for other purposes to catch people doing things they shouldn’t be doing. But if your parents are in a long-term care facility, nursing home or even have in home healthcare with a caregiver, you should seriously consider installing a hidden camera in their room. It may be the only way that you can help protect them against elder abuse.
This Sony Dream Machine Alarm Clock Camera has a built-in pinhole spy camera and DVR that records to an 8 GB SD card.
This real working neon clock Spy Camera can stream video wirelessly over the Internet to a PC or smartphone after the software is installed. It may be the perfect way to keep constant watch over what’s going on in your parents’ nursing home room.