My 85yr old mother lives alone and now needs an in home caregiver. I have cameras installed in various places so I can watch my mother while I’m at work. I know as a courtesy I should say something but is it illegal not to mention it?
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Even if you mention it I think 99.99% of people soon forget that they are being recorded. Do you think about it every time you walk into a store, the bank, a mall, just walking down the street in most metropolitan areas we are recorded.
Make sure if you are hiring privately that you do thorough background checks. And most background checks will only show convictions. If you are going through an agency it can be easier.
In either case make sure ALL valuables are locked up. All financial information is secure. There is very little if any cash in the house.
Well, my boss had a terrible time trying to find a new caregiver as his wife wouldn't accept anyone new, she wanted the original caregiver back as they had bonded, and the caregiver understood every aspect of Alzheimer's. My boss had tried to rehire the original caregiver, telling her the cameras were gone, but she had already accepted a new client.
Thus, there are pro and cons to doing this.
Honesty from day 1 helps build a positive rapport and trust.
I used to record my students and I when I taught school. It protected them and me. I had the parents sign waivers that they agreed and no liability would be held against me. I got approval from the school district first of course. The students forgot they were being recorded daily before we knew it so their behaviors became normalized to their personalities quickly.
I say keep them but definitely be upfront about them. Educate the caregiver on how to use the cameras even, to provide more comfort if necessary.
Another neighbor told me not to use this sitter. When I asked her why she told me that she came home early and caught him going through nightstand drawers. She was furious. I never used that sitter again. Some people are so weird!