The Do's and Don'ts of Using a "Granny-Cam"

February 13, 2019
Granny Cam

With the technological advances available in small video/audio equipment, there are devices being used in private homes all across Maryland. Most camera devices are used for security purposes such as having one in the doorbell to see who is standing on your front porch or using cameras in the common areas of the home to monitor childcare providers and pet sitters.

What about using this type of equipment to monitor elderly loved ones? When and how can this be done so that you can effectively monitor their safety without violating their privacy?


  • Use the camera in a private residence with the permission of the homeowner.
  • Use the camera in a nursing facility provided it does not violate any contractual agreements and with the permission of the resident and the facility manager.


  • Use the audio unless there is a specific reason that it will provide added security. Conversations should be left private as often as possible.
  • Use this technology without letting the person being monitored know that you are doing it. Explain your safety concerns and how this technology can help.
  • Don’t let this technology become a substitute for in person visits and phone calls.

For more information on protecting your senior loved ones, please contact Stouffer Legal at 443-470-3599 in the Greater Baltimore area.

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