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Minnesota law gives green light to safety surveillance cameras in senior homes


January 16, 2020

David Joles - Star Tribune file

In 2017, Lisa Papp-Richards installed a camera to monitor the care of her mother, Mary Ann Richards, 77, at a nursing home in Bemidji, taking advantage of a new law that permits electronic monitoring devices in senior facilities.

At 2 a.m. on a November morning, Shirley Breitman began to scream for help from the bed of her assisted-living facility in St. Louis Park.

Her pained cries were streamed live to the smartphones of Breitman's two adult children - Richard in Minneapolis and Laurie in Los Angeles - through an internet-connected camera placed in her bedroom. Within minutes, Richard was on the phone with the facility's nursing staff, asking them to check on their 98-year-old mother, who has advanced dementia and was experiencing an adverse reaction to new medication.


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