A bill would allow nursing home patients to choose to install their own monitoring device in their room if it is passed.
MDN Menu
MDN.ORG Mo. Digital News Missouri Digital News MDN.ORG: Mo. Digital News MDN.ORG: Missouri Digital News

A bill would allow nursing home patients to choose to install their own monitoring device in their room if it is passed.

Date: April 8, 2015
By: Hannah Knight
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
Missouri nursing home patients would have the option of choosing to have a monitoring device in their room if a measure is passed by the House.
RunTime:  0:31
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The bill would require the patient or their family members to purchase and install a camera inside their loved one's room.

Republican Andrew McDaniel is the sponsor of the bill.

Actuality:  MCD.WAV
Run Time:  00:13
Description: What my bill doesn't do is ask for taxpayers to pay for this like we do in correctional facilities. Nor does it ask for the health care facility to pay for it either. It will all be at expense of the patient, guardian or surrogate.

Opponents of the bill say the cameras would lead to privacy concerns.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hannah Knight. 

Intro: 
A House committee heard a bill that would allow nursing home patients or their families to install their own video cameras in their room.
RunTime:  0:30
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The bill would require written confirmation from both residents of a shared room.

Executive Director for Missouri Living Association Keith Sappington testified against the bill.

Actuality:  SAP.WAV
Run Time:  00:11
Description: If somebody moves out and they get a roommate there's no stipulation in the bill that says that whether or not the camera has to be dismounted immediately. There's no time frame.

Supporters of the legislation say they think it will help prevent mistreatment of patients.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hannah Knight.

Intro: 
Patients in long-term facilities would be able to decide if they want a recording device in their room if a bill is passed by the House.
RunTime:  0:39
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Nursing home patients could have an added line of defense under a new bill moving through the House.

A House committee heard testimony Wednesday concerning a bill that would let residents place cameras inside nursing home rooms.

Martha Eudaley testified in support of the measure.

Actuality:  MART.WAV
Run Time:  00:16
Description: It's so sad today that we know and hear of the abuse and the neglect that goes on in nursing homes, but we sit back and we wait for the next time that we hear the next amount of neglect and abuse that we know goes on.

Opponents say they are concerned about privacy issues.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hannah Knight.


Missouri Digital News is produced by Missouri Digital News, Inc. -- a non profit organization of current and former journalists.