About the Article

The proposed use of video surveillance in nursing homes, as a tool to ensure proper care of residents, has spurred controversy. Selket Nicole Cottle explores the positive and negative aspects of using so-called granny cams, both in a permissive and mandatory capacity. She concludes that states that mandate the provision of cameras provide maximum benefit to nursing home residents and their families, and, thus, she suggests that all states enact this type of legislation. While recommending such action, Ms. Cottle cautions that the use of cameras should not be made compulsory. Rather, she proposes that nursing homes should be obligated to provide the technology, but residents should retain the freedom to choose whether they will use it.

About the Author

Selket Nicole Cottle is a Notes Editor 2003–2004, Member 2002–2003, The Elder Law Journal; J.D. 2004, University of Illinois College of Law; B.A. 2001, English and American Literature, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The author would like to thank her family, friends, and The Elder Law Journal Editorial Board for their continuing support and encouragement. She would also like to thank Tiger for his wisdom and for always making her smile.

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