“I hope he doesn’t veto it, because this bill is about protecting frail and vulnerable seniors,” – Illinois Rep. Greg Harris
Illinois saw more than 100 cases of neglect, abuse or financial exploitation of seniors in nursing homes in 2014.
The measure, which now moves to the Illinois Senate, would allow families to pay for installation of video equipment in residents’ rooms.
The House committee postponed voting on a bill that would allow nursing home patients to place a camera in their rooms.
Nursing home patients in Missouri could have an additional line of defense under a new bill moving through the House.
The fact that the systems would be controlled over the Internet has also raised concerns about hackers.
Rep. Greg Harris says the Illinois bill would allow nursing home residents and their families to install recording devices in their rooms.
The comments by the Missouri Health Care Association come in response to a KMOX investigation Friday which showcased dozens of area nursing homes.
Allegations of rape, physical and verbal abuse, and neglect fill the pages of nursing home inspections released Wednesday.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon visited every veterans nursing home in the state to tout a new law providing a funding source for the state-run homes.