Cameras in nursing homes — granny cams — should they be installed?

A few months ago we wrote about the several states considering legislature regarding installing hidden cameras in nursing homes. We first became aware of these cameras — dubbed “granny cams” — when Elliot Spitzer announced that hidden cameras in New York nursing homes led to the arrest of 19 nursing home employees for serious cases of abuse.

I recently came across a posting on The Famous Nursing Blog which discussed the merits of installing cameras “Security cameras in Nursing Homes — Useful or Wasteful?” Here’s what the article discusses:


  • May provide confidence in the care a loved one is receiving in a nursing home
  • Monitors care of loved ones
  • Cost can be factored into other necessary overhead costs.
  • Security cameras minimize the nursing home owner’s liability when an employee performs a wrong act, thus decreasing an owner’s liability.
  • Provides evidence of wrong-doing.
  • State legislatures may mandate cameras so they may be legal.


  • Cost — cameras cost between $630 and $1,590 with monthly fees which charge at least 20-30$ monthly. Adds to overhead.
  • Nursing home staff and operators believe cameras are an invasion of privacy
  • Nursing home staff believe that “compromise a patients dignity”, filming private acts like toilet and bathing activities.
  • Unless legislatures mandate them, they may be illegal.

Whatever your feelings are about cameras, if you are evaluating nursing homes for your loved one, you might check our Nursing Home Resources. We have lists of agencies which might help you in making your decision.

If you have a loved one who has been seriously injured in a nursing home due to abuse or neglect, contact The Farber Law Group. We have more than 40 years experience in representing victims of nursing home abuse and their families. Injuries can include pressure sores, falls, over medication, broken bones, medication errors, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. We will provide you with a free and confidential case evaluation.


0 responses to “Cameras in nursing homes — granny cams — should they be installed?”

  1. While the vast majority of health care workers are honest and caring professionals, I believe that cameras in nursing homes are a great idea to help protect vulnerable patients from abuse. Cameras can catch an abuser in the act, and could very well prevent it from occurring in the first place. Knowing that their actions are being monitored, would-be abusers are likely to think twice before they act.

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