let's think about this logically. the big picture is the need for nursing homes that are safe and enjoyable places for people to live out their lives. what help is there in regulating cell phones? don't forget that it's not the law abiding citizens that you need to worry about. it's those people who don't have respect for rules to begin with that are the problem.
i work in a nursing home where it is a policy not to have cell phones in the building. i hate it. a lot. i could go to another facility but i love my job so i'm going to stay. that being said, isn't it more logical to let each facility make their own rules than to have more government involvement? there are plenty of regulations for nursing homes already. ask anyone who works in one.
the incidents that have happened are heartless, cruel and abusive. illegal, immoral, etc. but the focus might be better placed on why nursing homes get the majority of, for lack of better word, weirdos. (stepping down from my soapbox.)