Nursing home camera bill advances in Oklahoma Legislature

An Oklahoma House committee unanimously passed a bill that would allow family members of nursing home residents put video recorders in their rooms.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: April 3, 2013

Marilyn Kipps, who secretly placed a camera in her mother's nursing home five years ago, watched Tuesday as a legislative committee unanimously passed a bill that would allow nursing home residents or their family members to put video recorders in their rooms.

“It's the only way you're going to find out what really truly happens when that door shuts,” Kipps said.

Backers are confident Senate Bill 587 will get eventual approval of the full House. It was approved in the Senate 44-0.

Kipps, of Prague, said she secretly put a video camera in her mother's room at a nursing home after she became concerned the woman was always in soiled clothes and bedding when she came to visit.

“The nursing home asked me to remove the camera, and I would not remove it,” she said.

Kipps said she was shocked to see how two aides roughly treated her mother. She said the camera also showed one aide hitting her mother.

Her mother, 92, died four months later.

About the bill

The bill makes it clear that recording cameras may be placed in a nursing home resident's room, either by the resident or a family member. It also would prohibit a nursing home facility from refusing to admit a person who wants a recording camera in the room or remove a resident because a camera is in the room. It also would prohibit the nursing home from removing a camera or obstructing it.

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