'Granny cams' are catching on as a tool to deter elder abuse

  • Article by: BRAD SCHRADE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 19, 2011 - 7:55 AM

More families are turning to what is becoming ubiquitous technology, despite concerns over privacy issues.

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jtriceSep. 18, 11 9:37 PM

Hey Strib, great article. Please also do a story on cameras exposing police Malfeasance.

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hammarhead1Sep. 18, 1110:31 PM

State government keeps reducing nursing home funding. You get the employees you deserve.

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gmamonkSep. 19, 11 7:35 AM

State funding probably has been reduced but the facilities can come up with ways to charge the private pay residents for things they don't need. There are also state regulations that seem over done~~~

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mn2niceSep. 19, 11 8:20 AM

It is so easy for many to get certified as a CNA, and with the attrition rate being so high, the state must be constantly overwhelmed with background check requests. Many enter the field with the best of intentions; others just don't care. The pay still is low, barely above minimum wage in most instances, and they are overworked by employers, being forced to lift people by themselves. Back injuries in the industry are among the highest of any industry. Yet working as a CNA is required if an individual wants to go on to becomming a nurse. I don't know if the answer is cameras or not, but I do know I would not want to be a resident in a nursing home. It must be an incredibly frightening experience.

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oklahgirlSep. 19, 11 9:06 AM

The quality of the people working as aides in LTC facilities is low. There are many caring aides, but they are run ragged. I worked as an aide and I had to quit- I couldn't stand working with whatever warm body they could hire to fill a position. Our seniors deserve better, and I hope that this is a wake up call to how people are treated- not just by the people who abuse them but by the caring people who have so little time to spend with them during their shift.

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smellycat6sSep. 19, 1110:38 AM

I support the use of granny cams 100%.

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gustaf43Sep. 19, 1112:16 PM

The fact that people feel a need for a "grannycam" is a sad commentary on our society. Nurses aides should be paid a decent wage and better trained.

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mnjeanSep. 19, 11 3:28 PM

I've had a parent in a nursing care center and I really wish I had a 'grannycam' at the time. It would not only protect our older adults, it would protect the staff from unfounded complaints against them. Has anyone thought about that? Honestly, if I had the 'grannycam' installed in my parent's room, I would have been able to find out who was stealing from her and if she really was treated wrongly as she had claimed. Yes the care center investigated, yes they listened to my concerns, but having my peace of mind would have been much better rather than the facility's director 'look into' our claims. I say have all workers be put on notice that a residents room MAY have a camera installed in the room they are paying for, and inform all residents that they have the RIGHT to have a camera in their room, hidden or not. Again, EVERYONE can be protected when it's a posibility.

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momsphatboiSep. 20, 11 5:47 AM

as my granny would say if caught, ....I'll snatch them bald headed and ring their neck

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pimstpaulSep. 20, 11 3:46 PM

"I say have all workers be put on notice that a residents room MAY have a camera installed in the room they are paying for, and inform all residents that they have the RIGHT to have a camera in their room, hidden or not. Again, EVERYONE can be protected when it's a posibility." I believe this is already happening in some facilities. It's just not advertised loudly.

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