A Minnesota Senate committee recently approved a bill that would give people the right to use electronic monitoring devices in nursing homes and other senior care facilities, provided they obtain consent from residents being monitored, according to an article on the Star Tribune website.
Connie Billmeier of Champlin, Minn., is among those who support the legislation. An investigation found that her younger brother with dementia died after being severely beaten at an assisted-living facility in northern Minnesota.
According to the report, her brother died from brain injuries after he was repeatedly punched in the face by one staff member while another staff member held him down.
The state has since suspended the facility’s license, yet Billmeier wonders if the presence of cameras might have prevented her brother’s death, the article said.