Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 6, 2013
Governor signs nursing home electronic monitoring bill
Families of nursing home residents will soon be able to
electronically monitor their loved ones thanks to legislation signed
into law Monday. Senate Bill 587, by Sen. Ron
Justice, will allow nursing home residents to install electronic
monitoring devices in their private rooms if that resident or their
legal representative pays for the monitoring.
“This measure will give families peace of mind being able to monitor
their loved ones and know what’s happening in their rooms at all
times,” said Justice, R-Chickasha. “The bill should also
help decrease the number of reported cases of suspected abuse and neglect
by providing video and audio evidence to support or refute such claims.
Therefore, empowering residents and their families and holding nursing
facilities more accountable for their staff.”
SB 587, which was approved unanimously by both the Senate and House,
requires nursing homes to let current and prospective residents or their
legal representatives know about the opportunity for electronic monitoring
in their private rooms. The bill prohibits a nursing facility from refusing
to admit an individual or from removing a resident because they want
their room electronically monitored. The bill further prohibits the
obstruction of, or tampering with, an electronic monitoring device installed
in a facility. A notice must also be posted at or near a nursing facility’s
main entrance stating that electronic monitoring or audio devices may
be in use in the facility. Finally, any video or audio recording created
through authorized electronic monitoring can be admitted into evidence
in a civil or criminal court action or administrative proceeding.
The bill was requested by The Silver Haired Legislature and was strongly
supported by AARP Oklahoma, the state’s largest senior organization
with over 410,000 members statewide.
SB 587 will go into effect November 1, 2013.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Justice: (405) 521-5537