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Webcams in Nursing Homes?

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNS and specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

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Are Webcams the Wave of the Future?

As our population ages, our older and frailer population increases too. What's a family to do to ensure their family members are cared for in a compassionate and caring manner? You are reading page 3 of Webcams in Nursing Homes?. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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Horrible idea. I would say the second WORST part of LTC are crazy family dynamics we have to deal with. You know the problems that school nurses see with crazy helicopter (or bulldozer, I heard that's a term now) parents handicapping their kids? Yep, they have the same tendencies with their parents. I RARELY see a well balance and normal family. It is either they hate their parent and come see them once a year for 5 minutes or they come daily and watch them for hours. It is getting so much harder to find children who are truly in tune and oriented to their parents' needs. 

Putting grandma on a Keto diet? seriously? 

Pushing grandma's call button 50 times cause she said her nose itches? Really. 

Yikes, a picture can mean a 1000 different things. Imagine how much a video recording can mean? 

Do people realize how many families truly don't believe their parent has dementia even though they have significant long and short term cognitive impairment? Tons. 

If we were talking about family dynamics from 15 years ago I would say... maybe..... now? NO WAY. 

And its not about if you're guilty or not, I would guess about 98% of the staff truly had no malicious intent when providing care. It's about the stress of undergoing a complaint, investigation, and heaven forbid a lawsuit. 

Expect LTC care rates to go up $$$$$ of dollars just for legal fees and quality assurance in states where this is implemented. 

People want a camera because they feels uneasy about something and they are looking for a problem. A family who trusts you doesn't want or even consider needing a camera. 


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This has the potential to aggravate the elephant in the room problem for LTC in this country - we all want high quality, well-staffed LTC facilities but we are collectively unwilling to pay for them. So far, the industry's solution has been to staff as minimally as possible, pretend that the staff is able to meet an unreasonable standard of care, and blame it on the staff on the occasions that substandard care is noticed and documented well enough to be a liability. 

I expect that cameras, if widespread, will lead to more and more frontline staff being blamed for the predictable results of widespread understanding; the occasional clip of horrific mistreatment might even fuel a moral panic. Meanwhile, costs for LTC go up, quality drops even further, and decent staff gets even harder to find as anyone with a decent resume and any sense avoids that industry like the plague. 

Alternatively, maybe not too many people actually wind up using webcams, and staff just caters to those patients for fear of liability.

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Leader25 has 35 years experience.

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On 9/24/2019 at 10:00 PM, Birdbr said:

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.  

Good places are not a dime a dozen ,so looking for a new place as suggested is not feasible or even financially possible.Who wouldn't want a whole nurse or caregiver all to themselves 24/7/365.

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babatee has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Geriatric, Acute, Rehab, Psychiatry.

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I once had a patient with a live cam in his room monitored by his parents from home. It was a young man in his early 40's in the nursing home I worked at more than 10 years ago. I'm glad I am transitioning out of bedside nursing soon 

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