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Ohio law allowing cameras in nursing home rooms to prevent abuse goes into effect – FOX 2 Detroit

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Esther Piskor, whose abuse inspired the Ohio state “Esther’s Law,” is pictured in provided family photos. (Photos: Provided / Steve Piskor)

A state law in Ohio allowing cameras and other electronic monitoring devices to be installed in the rooms of nursing home residents went into effect this week — the culmination of one man’s advocacy for over a decade after his elderly mother suffered abuse and neglect at a facility.

Esther’s Law, which went into effect on Wednesday, aims to prevent elder abuse. It requires nursing home facilities to make reasonable accommodations for such cameras, and it prohibits them from retaliating against residents who wish to install them. 

It allows nursing homes to post a sign outside the resident’s room that cameras are operating. It also requires consent by the resident or their representative before a camera can be placed in their room. If the nursing home resident has a roommate, the other resident or their representative must also give authorization. 

Esther’s Law was inspired by Esther Piskor, who was in her 70s and living with dementia at a Cleveland-area nursing home and suffered abuse and neglect while at the facility.

What happened to Esther Piskor, who inspired Esther’s Law?

Her son, Steve Piskor, often visited his mother, who required care from staff for all of her needs due to Alzheimer’s disease. But Piskor said the staff never mentioned any issues with his mother’s care. However, he eventually began to suspect there was something wrong and placed a hidden camera in Esther’s room in 2011. 

From the camera, he saw aides yell at her, spray liquid into her face, be rough in her handling and neglect her for long periods, as detailed by the Ohio Department of Aging. 

One nursing aide, who was captured on camera forcefully moving Esther from her bed to a wheelchair, tossing her in a rough manner onto the bed and pushing her face into her bed while washing her, pleaded guilty to seven counts of patient abuse in 2011. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison the next year and was granted early release in 2019. 

Warning: The content of the below YouTube video may be disturbing to some viewers.

The traumatic events involving his mother prompted Piskor to advocate for a law granting families the legal ability to monitor staff who care for their loved ones. After a decade of advocacy — which included countless emails and …….

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