by Kevin Oliver | KCRA.COM | February 3, 2015
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —As cameras continue to get smaller, they are turning up in more and more places.
Officers in some police departments are now wearing body cameras, and web cameras are becoming increasingly popular in day cares and other businesses.
But there are some places where cameras still haven’t been allowed, like inside the rooms at assisted-living facilities — but that could soon change in California.
Kathe Murphy placed her mother, Lynn Murphy, in an assisted-living facility in Roseville in October 2013, hoping the staff would be able to see to her needs better than she could.
Shortly after her mother moved in, Kathe Murphy started raising questions about her mother’s care.
After filing complaints of neglect with California’s Department of Social Services, Kathe Murphy moved her mom in with her, not knowing what else to do.
“I went to the administrator four times,” she said. “I’ve gone to the police. What else is there?”
Kathe Murphy believes things might have gone differently had there been surveillance cameras in her mother’s room.
“Cameras don’t lie,” she said. “They really don’t. I would have loved a camera in there, even if it’s just facing the door or over the top of the bed.”
There is no state law specifically forbidding cameras in elderly care facilities, but the Department of Social Services has been reluctant to permit them.