The use of video cameras or “granny cams” to record poor care in nursing homes is a good thing! An ex-employee of a Rochester, New York nursing home has admitted she neglected a patient in a case that included the use of a hidden camera. Tammy Devos, 43, who worked as a certified nurse’s aide at the former Jennifer Matthew Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanors of second-degree falsifying business records and willful violation of health laws.
According to court documents, the 70-year-old patient, who suffered from dementia, was not turned regularly, was allowed to lie in his own waste, and was not given adequate food or hydration. False entries were made in the patient’s records to show that proper care was given.
Nine other former employees pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and received probation. The employees were charged after an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office that involving putting a hidden camera in a patient’s room in the spring of 2005.