As a a former CNA in a SNF working on a memory care unit, I struggle with the webcam implementation a lot. Presently, I'm a Social Services Director at a SNF, I'm not okay with this. I 100% want residents to be protected, but I don't think cameras are the answer.
I feel that these cameras infringe on the privacy of all residents-- especially those with dementia. We are aware that residents with cognitive issues wander and unfortunately, they may wander into others' rooms; sometimes they may even disrobe unfortunately or engage in other things that may be embarrassing for them. Should somebody's family/friend be able to see that? Where's the dignity in that?
Additionally, as someone else pointed out; What about those residents in semi-private rooms? Are they not allowed privacy. We know that it is challenging enough for many to have a roommate-- so now they get even less privacy?
At the end of the day, and I hate to say this, but if you don't trust the facility/staff that your loved one is in, I would suggest looking elsewhere for placement.