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2/1/2013 Costa bill would allow electronic monitoring of patients in nursing homes
STATE HOUSE – Citing a desire to decrease elderly abuse and neglect, Rep. Doreen Costa (R-District 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) introduced legislation that would permit electronic monitoring in nursing home facilities.

Costa said the bill would require licensed nursing facilities to place electronic monitoring devices in entrances and exits, hallways, dining areas, nurses’ station and residents’ rooms.

The bill also allows the resident or the resident’s legal representative to opt out of electronic monitoring in their rooms.

The bill is identical to a bill that passed in Oklahoma and is effective Nov. 1, 2013. If passed, the Rhode Island bill would take effect Dec. 31, 2013.

Costa cited several news reports in the last few years that showed more serious incidents of elderly abuse or neglect in Rhode Island including drug overdose, rape, and stabbing.

“This cannot continue. We need to do all we can to protect some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens. This bill is another step in that direction,’ said Costa.

For more information, contact:
Louise Tetreault, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2259