State House passes bill allowing cameras in nursing home rooms

Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed legislation that will allow residents of nursing homes to install cameras in their rooms.

The legislation cleared the House by a nearly unanimous vote Monday. It allows residents to be monitored virtually by their families.

The issue had been raised in previous legislative sessions, but it took on new life this year because of the visitation ban at nursing homes across the state to prevent the spread of the virus.

A point of concern has been residents’ privacy. The bill, among other things, requires a roommate’s written consent at least seven days before any virtual monitoring technology is installed.

Proponents of allowing the cameras in rooms say they would do more than just allow family to keep an eye on their loved ones.

State Sen. Tony Hwang (R- Fairfield) told News 8, “I do believe transparency, accountability, and social-emotional dynamics are absolutely critical to the healing process. And also to make sure that the highest quality care is present and evident in every patient. For every patient.”

The bill awaits action in the Senate.

Currently, there are eight states that allow cameras in nursing homes.

We reached out to the New England Health Employees Union Tuesday and are awaiting their response.

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