Link Floor May 12 RSPRINGFIELD. State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) passed legislation out of committee that will allow the installation of audio/video monitoring devices to enhance supervision of the elderly who live in nursing homes. House Bill 2462 passed the Senate’s Public Health Committee and was sent to the Senate floor for consideration.

“We should be confident that our loved ones receive the care they need and are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Link, who sponsored the bill in the Senate.

This legislation is in response to multiple complaints the Illinois Department of Public Health has received about abuse, neglect or theft against residents of nursing homes.

“Acknowledging the great work most of the hard-working staffers do, these monitoring devices will be a deterrent for misbehavior, given that their recordings may be considered evidence in administrative, civil and criminal proceedings,” Link said.HB 2462 will impose severe penalties to those who intentionally interfere or destroy a monitoring device and prohibits any retaliation for the use of the devices. The legislation requires the consent of the resident and roommate (s) in order to install a surveillance camera/mic.

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