Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 12, 2013
Sen. Ron Justice
Senate approves electronic monitoring for nursing home residents
In an effort to provide additional protections for
Oklahoma seniors, a measure was approved by the Senate Tuesday to
allow residents in nursing homes to install electronic monitoring
devices in their private rooms. Senate Bill 587, by Sen.
Ron Justice, would allow for such installation if the resident
or their legal representative paid for the monitoring.
“Unfortunately, reports of abuse and neglect have become all
too common in nursing homes,” said Justice, R-Chickasha. “Families
expect their loved ones to receive the highest quality of care in
these facilities but they don’t always get what they paid
for. This measure will provide them with a tool to monitor the care
of their loved one around the clock and hold nursing facilities
The measure was requested by The Silver Haired Legislature and is
a priority bill for the AARP Oklahoma, the state’s largest
senior organization with over 410,000 members statewide.
SB 587 requires nursing homes to let current and perspective residents
or their legal representatives know about the opportunity for electronic
monitoring in their private rooms. The bill also prohibits nursing
facilities from refusing to admit any potential resident because
they want their room monitored or from removing a resident because
of authorized electronic monitoring.
Justice noted another important aspect of the bill is that any tape
or recording created through the authorized electronic monitoring
can be admitted into evidence in a civil or criminal court action
or administrative proceeding.
“In some cases, families suspect that their loved one is being
abused or neglected but they don’t have enough evidence of
such treatment to hold their nursing facility accountable. This
bill will empower families by providing them with solid, admissible
evidence of such treatment if it exists,” said Justice.
SB 587 now moves to the House.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Justice: (405) 521-5537