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Bill Would Allow Ohio Nursing Home Residents To Have Security Cameras

Mill Run Rehabilitation Center and Assisted Living in Hilliard has seen several residents and staff test positive for COVID-19.
Ryan Hitchcock

Many Ohioans have security cameras inside their homes but state law prohibits residents who live in assisted living or long-term care nursing facilities from having them. A bill has been proposed in the Ohio legislature to change that.

State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) says her bill would allow residents of nursing facilities to put security cameras in their rooms as long as they post a sign on the door telling anyone who enters that they could be on camera. Brent says her bill would provide a sense of security for those residents.

“People like an extra level of protection, no matter if it protecting you from family members who visit you and like to pick up stuff or from that staffer," Brent says.

Ohio Health Care Association president Pete Van Runkle says lawmakers have taken his group’s suggestions to strengthen privacy protections for residents and their roommates, and doesn’t oppose the legislation.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.