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Runestad bill would give peace of mind to families of nursing home residents

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Runestad introduced a measure last week that would help provide assurance to families that their loved ones in nursing homes are being well cared for.

Senate Bill 77 would establish that a resident of a nursing home facility or their representative would be permitted to monitor their own private room using an electronic monitoring device under certain conditions.

“Allowing video monitoring of residents’ rooms will provide residents, families and facilities with the assurance that residents are being well cared for and treated properly,” said Runestad, R-White Lake. “It will also allow an easy, convenient way for families to check in on their loved ones.”

SB 77 states that a facility must make reasonable accommodations to allow for the mounting of an electronic camera and may not refuse to admit or remove a resident based on their request to install a device.

SB 77 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health Policy and Human Services for consideration.