OKLAHOMA CITY – Nursing home residents protected under a new law have the right to use hidden cameras to ensure their safety.
Tuesday Gov. Mary Fallin signed the “Protect Our Loved Ones Act,” a highly anticipated bill protecting nursing home residents that goes into effect Nov. 1.
Residents and their families have the right to use hidden cameras to ensure safety in long-term care facilities.
“It has been a long time,” Racher said.
Doris Racher and her sisters gathered around Gov. Mary Fallin smiling from ear-to-ear.
“We’re so happy because we feel like it’s for mother, to honor her and all the other people who were subject to the same thing,” Racher said.
Their mother, Eryetha Mayberry, at age 96, faced abuse and neglect from two caretakers, resulting in her death and her three daughters caught it all on tape.
“This is a huge victory,” Bledsoe said.
Senior advocate Wes Bledsoe said his team is working with surveillance companies to find ways to make security cameras affordable for all nursing home residents and their families who want extra protection.
“In the law there’s going to be an anti-tampering, so if anyone tampers with this, it will be a criminal offense,” Bledsoe said.
Bledsoe said his grandmother, Eunice Allen, died a horrifying death at 86 because of negligent acts.
Back in 2000, hidden cameras would’ve helped his family intervene with proper medical care.
Racher said she hopes current and future nursing residents will take these precautions from now on.
“People wouldn’t be abused, especially in their older years when they shouldn’t have to endure anything like that,” Racher said.
Effective Nov. 1, nursing homes cannot refuse residents from using electronic monitoring.
Residents will fill out a form which is then submitted to nursing home administrators.