Following the 13 deaths at a Hollywood Hills nursing home during Hurricane Irma, many families are concerned for the safety of their loved ones in the care of nursing facilities. As a result, more families are placing hidden cameras inside the nursing home rooms to see what is actually happening to elderly patients.
Recently, disturbing video recordings from a family whose loved one was in a nursing home in Pompano Beach, Florida. The 94-year-old male patient with dementia was doused in mouthwash, hit and pushed around. Blake Dolman, the attorney of the man’s family, says, “Mouthwash has alcohol in it. Guess what? He’s going to end up with ulcers and bedsores from dried out skin, and that’s exactly what happened to this man when he had stage three ulcers, that ultimately proved to be fatal.”
Due to concerns of her father’s health, the patient’s daughter placed a hidden camera in the room. The video proved to be valuable in the lawsuit. The nursing assistant who abused the man with dementia has lost her license, but no criminal charges were brought.
Other hidden camera videos show similar neglect and abuse in Florida nursing homes. In one, an employee is seen sleeping through an alarm going off in a patient’s room. Another shows a nursing assistant neglecting to fix a patient’s breathing tube, then denying that she knew about it when another assistant came to the scene.
Currently, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington allow video monitoring in nursing homes. However, the Florida Health Care Association is against the use of cameras to monitor nursing home patients.