Family gatherings are more commonplace in December, and older adults without families can experience more acute social isolation. Since isolation is both a risk factor for and a consequence of elder abuse, we decided to ask you - our social media followers and colleagues - to commit to speaking with an older adult in December. Our hope was that, by sharing this campaign, we could support older adults and contribute towards the prevention of elder abuse during the 2017 holiday season. More →
NYCEAC Medical Director Dr. Mark Lachs provides his reflections on the Huffington Post about the growing trend of surveillance cameras being used by family members in nursing homes to document elder abuse. He questions whether so-called “granny cams” should be widely installed in American nursing homes and writes that they should be given “serious thought before plunging headfirst down this new surveillance rabbit hole.”
Dr. Lachs writes that nursing home residents that stand to benefit most from this technology could also be the least likely to have the capacity to consent to being recorded 24/7. He also notes that the rights of employees should also be respected and that most of us would not want to be recorded continuously in our daily employment.
Read more about Dr. Lachs’ insights into surveillance cameras and whether they are a good intervention to document elder abuse in long-term care and nursing homes and tell us what you think about them. Do you have any professional experiences with the use of cameras in your nursing home or long-term care facility?