The group recommends that electronic monitoring should be allowed only with the informed consent of all the residents in the room under surveillance (or a legal representative if the resident is not competent to do so).
In addition, any resident being monitored should have the right to place limits on when and where the monitoring takes place and to have the device turned off for privacy reasons.
Yet Scheller and other advocates fear the new recommendations may be used to create rules and restrictions that impede their use.
In many cases, families install the cameras when they detect bruises, weight loss or other visible signs of maltreatment, but have no way to prove it — and find their concerns are ignored, say elder care advocates.
The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General provides free surveillance cameras for up to 30 days to anyone who suspects in-home abuse The work group, which included state health officials, elder care advocates and industry representatives, failed to reach a consensus on the issue of requiring notice to the facilities.
Families and elder care advocates have strongly opposed mandating notification, arguing that cameras are typically used as a last resort when all other attempts at communicating concerns about maltreatment have failed.
Could the government come into a private business without the owners consent and install spy cameras?
The attorney generals office says state law authorizes it to investigate Medicaid fraud and patient abuse or neglect.