Electronic surveillance is something most people associate with police investigations or security cameras monitoring activities in buildings or on the streets. In the wake of public concern over the care being given to residents, three states including Texas have authorized the use of surveillance cameras to monitor the treatment of residents in the nursing care system.
One family's concerns about items missing from the nursing home room of an elderly family member suffering from dementia motivated them to install a camera in the 96-year-old woman's room. The family was shocked to discover that the motion-activated camera recorded evidence of nursing home abuse at the hands of employees of the facility. The video footage resulted in the conviction of one of the workers while the other fled the country.