Family-Controlled Surveillance Camera Project

Contents of this page:

1)  Understanding the Project

2) Articles on Family-Controlled Surveillance Cameras

3) We Seek Information on Facilities Using Surveillance Cameras


Understanding the Project:

Press Release on the Camera Project

Information on the Family-Controlled Surveillance Camera Project

Positive Changes Resulting from Using Family-Controlled Surveillance Cameras

Why Surveillance Cameras, Although Legal, Are Not Being Used

Answers to Camera Concerns Voiced by Nursing Home Owners

Why Family-Controlled Surveillance Cameras Are Needed

Privacy Issues Relating to Family-Controlled Surveillance Cameras


Click To Preview Articles published on family-controlled surveillance cameras


7-14-02 "Shameful Neglect" - St. Louis Post-Dispatch


7-12-02 "Ex-nurse admits abuse of patient" - The Oklahoman


6/3/02 Patients' Families Want Bird's-eye View" - Orlando Sentinel


Florida's nursing home residents should have the right to install video cameras in their rooms, a state task force said on January 24, 2002.  Click here for information


10/1/01 "Staff at Georgetown University Hospital Do Not Mind Surveillance Cameras" - American Journal of Medicine


 Good Morning America's 2/15/01 Report on "Granny Cams"


  2/24/01 Alton Telegraph Article on Surveillance Cameras


  5/11/2001 The Daily Oklahoman - Cameras urged for surveillance in nursing homes


11/15/01 - "Families Use 'Granny Cams' to Monitor Care; State Bills to Resolve Legal Issues Defeated" - BNA's Health Law Reporter


Other articles on surveillance cameras:

Camera Legislation

Family-Controlled Surveillance Cameras for Safety, Dignity and Peace of Mind


We Seek Information on Facilities that are Using Surveillance Cameras

We expect the right of the nursing home resident to monitor his or her
own care to be challenged in the courts this year. We know that there are
a number of providers who use surveillance extensively themselves in the
common areas and in Residents' rooms when the Resident wants this option.

Only a handful have been willing  are willing to talk about the use and benefits
derived from this practice.

Most, even though they have excellent care records, low turnover rates and abuse-
free residents, are not willing to go public fearing the ire of the industry. We are asking
everyone's help for information re facilities that are using surveillance extensively.


Staff at Georgetown University Hospital Do Not Mind Surveillance Cameras

Georgetown University Hospital recently conducted a study using 24 hr surveillance to
determine how much time was spent with dying patients. The study was published on October 1, 2001 in the American Journal of Medicine.

According to Daniel P. Sulmasy, MD, PhD, an ethicist and Franciscan friar who placed the
surveillance cameras, the nursing and medical staff did not object to the surveillance cameras.

"They seemed to be OK with it" he said. "At the end of the study, we qualitatively asked the
nurses and house staff about the cameras. They said the routine of the day took over and they  barely knew the cameras were there.

An article re this  study was published in The Nursing Spectrum:   "Caught on Camera: All Alone at the End of Life" by Josie Howard Ruben, RN, MS, CHPN.

bullet 10/1/01 "Staff at Georgetown University Hospital Do Not Mind Surveillance Cameras" - American Journal of Medicine