A bill drafted by the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner will expressly allow cameras in nursing home residents’ rooms. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2016. Our team of nursing home abuse lawyers commends this measure and encourages residents and concerned loved ones to consider implementing recording devices.
The law – the Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Facilities Act – will require that residents and their roommates consent to having video or audio recording systems installed. Any resident who is unable to give consent may have their legal guardians or family members consent for them. A physician would have to determine whether or not the resident is capable of consenting.