The decision to install a nanny cam for simply checking in on a parent should be made in cooperation with the parent.
As long as your mom or dad is not living with some form of dementia, unable to communicate or facing some other challenge that impedes his or her ability to participate competently in the decision, the choice to install a nanny camera should be something that they want too.
Any family caregiver who has tried to lovingly care for an agitated parent or spouse with Alzheimer's Disease will tell you that resistive behaviors are common, and interactions in trying moments could be misconstrued when taken out of context.
The most meticulous and kind caregiver attempting to feed or bath an agitated patient will, from time to time, be greeted with shouts, assaults, and struggle that can be maddening.
Parents traditionally use nanny cams to monitor how an au pair or babysitter interacts with a child in the parents' absence.
However, this is not the only application for nanny cameras. A nanny cam is essentially a video camera system that is disguised as a typical household item such as a clock, radio, boom box, VCR, lamp, smoke detector, child s toy or something else.
And with no disregard intended to Certified Care.org, more often than not, that somebody is us -- the adult children who, in many cases, have one eye on the Granny Cam and another on the SAT tutor.
Yes, remote-care technology can extend the amount of time people can safely live on their own, but don't underestimate the burden it puts on the primary caregiver. Cathleen Carr, executive director of Certified Care.org, says telecare devices can help caregivers see if their elderly parents are doing everyday tasks, like going through the mail or paying bills.
It s a way of simply checking in on elderly parent who is living alone.
So, should "granny cams" be installed widely in American nursing homes?
I have spent thousands of hours providing medical care in nursing homes as a geriatrician.
Who among us would want to be recorded -- continuously and secretly -- in our daily employment?
I also worry about how such evidence might be interpreted by lay observers.