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Jan 19, 2021 by |

Orange County Elder Abuse Attorney: Families Install Cameras To Protect Older Loved Ones

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In-Home Camera Captures Alleged Abuse

Family Acted On Another Caregiver’s Concerns

91-Year-Old Repeatedly Hit According To Reports

Whether an elderly person is institutionalized in a nursing home or under the care of an in-home caregiver, there is always the danger of abuse.  During the pandemic it is difficult for families to visit so families have been led to other steps like withdrawing a senior from a nursing home and bringing them to live with them or resorting to other measures like installing cameras to monitor things.  In one recent case[1], a family captured an in-home caregiver’s abuse via a surveillance camera installed in the senior’s home.  The Orange County elder abuse lawyers at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent victims and their families against those responsible for any kind of elder abuse. Call us today at 415-441-8669 if you need help. 

Acting On Advice Of Another Caregiver

Often in-home care is provided by multiple caregivers on rotating shifts. In the reported case, one of the senior’s aides told the senior’s family she was concerned about what might be able to the largely bedridden senior at the hands of another assigned caregiver.  Based on her concerns, the family installed a hidden camera in the 91-year-old lady’s bedroom.  Camera footage subsequently revealed a caregiver allegedly striking the woman more than 150 times over a four-day stretch.  Investigators reported that the patient’s medical records revealed notations of facial swelling, a black eye, and lacerations.  Police arrested the caregiver suspected of the abuse caught on film and turned the case over to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, according to reports.

New Protection Measures

COVID-19 has made in-person visits to older loved ones off-limits whether they’re in nursing homes or still in their home.  Nursing homes have in addition been devastated by the virus.  Some families have responded in these difficult times by removing their aged loved one from a facility.  But that is not always an option. In-room cameras under these conditions may provide the family with the ability to monitor the care their older loved one receives.  Under California law, the family has the right to install hidden cameras provided various procedures are followed.  If the senior is still in his or her own home of course a camera can be installed at any time.  During these truly difficult times, you may want to seriously consider a surveillance camera to protect your loved one.  As the reported case illustrates in-home abuse can be horrific.  Whether your loved one is still at home or in a facility, call elder abuse counsel upon any suspicion of abuse.

Contact Us

Ingrid M. Evans and the other Evans Law Firm elder abuse attorneys represent seniors and their families here in Orange County and throughout the State of California against any persons or businesses responsible for abuse.  Our attorneys pursue all remedies available to injured older persons which include recovery of attorneys’ fees and expenses for bringing your case.  If you need elder abuse counsel, call us today at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:info@evanslaw.com”>info@evanslaw.com</a> .

[1] Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in the case in any way.

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