CHICAGO – In response to concerns and complaints about potential abuse of nursing home residents, Illinois State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) is sponsoring legislation that would put video cameras in nursing homes and assisted living centers to protect residents and provide their families peace of mind.

“Our society has cameras installed in a myriad locations to deter negative and abusive behavior in those places, so why not where we entrust our family in the care of others,” Senator Link asked. “In this day and age, it is a simple question of a good practice to ensure consumer protection from a few bad apples.”

The new law was introduced as a response to complaints across Illinois regarding abuse and poor care of family members who are currently in the care of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. A recent law was passed in Maryland after a hidden camera was installed in a relative’s room and the footage confirmed the suspected abuse of the patient.

As many as five states have already passed similar legislation. However it is currently unclear as to where the support of health insurance companies and the agencies covering these facilities lies as no bill has been drafted yet.

Senator Link was present on Monday at a press conference held by Attorney General Lisa Madigan. With a number of months before the spring legislative session, lawmakers and interested parties will have ample time to hash out the details of any upcoming bill.

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