A new law in Ohio allows families of patients or residents in our state’s long-term care facilities to install cameras or other electronic monitoring devices in their rooms. Called Esther’s Law, it is intended to combat elder abuse and neglect.
Esther’s Law is named after Esther Piskor, who suffered abuse at the hands of eight nursing home workers in 2011. Esther’s son suspected the abuse and confirmed it through hidden cameras he placed in her room. He advocated tirelessly for the law, which passed unanimously and was signed by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Dec. 22, 2021.
How you can protect your loved one from abuse or neglect under Esther’s Law:
Need assistance or want to learn more?
Contact your local Long-term Care Ombudsman, located at aging.ohio.gov/find-services or call (800) 282-1206.
To learn more about AARP's advocacy efforts in regards to long-term facilities or other caregiving issues in Ohio, text CARE to 22777.
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