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It marked the first time state authorities had used "granny cams" to spy on nursing-home operations. It marked the first time state authorities had used granny cams to spy on nursing-home operations. Its a new day and a new way of approaching this, he said on that June 6 morning. So far this year, the attorney generals office has opened 131 abuse and neglect cases, compared with 74 cases in the same period last year.
Sixty-three of those cases were opened following De Wines news conference.
Covert video surveillance is a type of search, Del Greco said, but because the office obtained consent from every resident or guardian whose care was recorded, it didnt need a warrant.
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Providers are increasingly being confronted with the issue of placing surveillance cameras, or “granny cams,” in residents’ rooms by their loved ones to ensure quality of care.
A handful of states currently have laws granting individuals the affirmative right to install surveillance cameras in their nursing home rooms, and other states are considering similar legislation.
Even in states where there is no legislation, the state’s attorneys have used hidden cameras that have captured abuse for prosecution purposes.
However, the Senate Special Committee on Aging believes the number of victims may actually be closer to 5 million, which means five additional cases may exist for every one reported.