By: MELINDA DESLATTE
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP).. Families could mount video cameras in their loved ones' nursing home rooms and monitor them from afar, under a measure that took its first step toward passage in the Louisiana House.
Rep. Helena Moreno, a New Orleans Democrat, said her proposal would offer peace of mind to family members trying to keep track of a parent or grandparent in a nursing home.
The cameras would be voluntary. The costs would have to be paid by the nursing home patient or family member. Any roommate would have to agree to the camera installation.
Nursing home owners opposed the legislation, but couldn't stop its advancement from the House health care committee Wednesday. The committee voted 9-1 to send the measure to the House floor for debate.