Greenville, SC- If you have done your research and chosen what you think is the right South Carolina nursing home for your elderly loved one, you expect them to be taken care off and protected from abuse and neglect. However that isn’t always the case, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, one in ten seniors report being neglected or abuses in a nursing home.
Over the next decade, the population of nursing homes is expected to increase by 40 percent. Such a large increase will further tax the already overworked staff members of nursing homes and place more seniors in danger of being abused and neglected. In many instances, those who are being abused are unable to report the abuse because they suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s. Others are afraid to speak because they think they staff will retaliate against them. This can leave you wondering what you can do if you suspect your loved one is danger of suffering a personal injury or are being denied the care they need.
If you suspect your elderly loved one is being neglected or harmed, you can contact the South Carolina Long Term Care Ombudsman and have the facility investigated. But if you want proof of your suspicions you have other options.
Families of abused or neglected nursing home residents view hidden cameras as their best line of defense. These small, disguisable cameras give people the opportunity to view first hand, the care their loved one is receiving.
A hidden camera can give a family insight into what is going on the in their loved one’s room. You may find that the staff at a particular facility is treating your loved with care and you will be able to rest easily knowing that the nursing home is living up to their obligations.
On the other hand, if your loved one is being abused, then a granny cam will give you the evidence necessary to prove it. The images you see may be deplorable, but knowing who the abusers are what they are doing to your loved one will allow to you to protect your them and tell authorities who the perpetrator is.
But before you can put a hidden camera in your loved ones room, you need to speak with a South Carolina nursing home abuse attorney. Privacy laws in each state differ so you need a legal expert to outline the South Carolina laws for you. Nursing home licensing agencies can also tell you whether these cameras are legal.
When you speak with your South Carolina nursing home attorney before placing a hidden camera be make sure to ask them the following questions:
Can the camera be hidden or does it have to be in plain view?
Do I have to inform nursing home staff or administrators I’m using a granny camera?
Does my loved one need to give me permission to put a hidden camera in their room? If they are unable to give permission what do I do next?
Can I also record audio?
Many states understand the prevalence of nursing home abuse and neglect so many have laws that allow you take action and stop the abuse with the help of a spy cam, but you won’t know unless you speak to a nursing home abuse attorney.
If you happen to see for your own eyes that your loved one is being abused, you report the incident to the facility administrators and ombudsman in your area so they can conduct an investigation. You should also contact a South Carolina nursing home abuse attorney to determine if your loved one is eligible for compensation.