The family of 75-year-old Wilmington native has alleged evidence of abuse and neglect at a state-run facility. What is interesting about his case is that the nursing home resident’s family cared enough to get evidence by way of a “nanny cam.” Earlier this summer, the nieces of this woman who is suffering from dementia, diabetes and a bad back, delivered a DVD of several incidents to the Delaware’s Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection — the agency that monitors the welfare of nursing-home residents and investigates allegations of patient abuse.
Unfortunately, not every has a caring family with the time and resources to set up a nanny cam when a nursing home is abusing or neglecting a patient. But maybe we have stumbled onto something here. Would nanny cams set up appropriately by the state help reduce nursing home neglect and abuse?