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With your mother's consent you can take pictures of her that do not include any other patients or the nursing staff in the pictures without their written consent. Most of these facilities are staffed by people who are not the brightest bulbs in the box so the facility will have a blanket no pictures policy
However, even if it is not against HIPAA, the facility can have rules that are more strict than HIPAA and can prohibit all pictures. However, what they cannot prevent is you making a complaint to the Department of Health and Hospitals which governs these centers and also to Adult Protection Services whose duty it is to protect elderly and disabled adults. You should pursue complaints to both of these agencies if you believe there is neglect. You can be sneaky and sneak cell phone pictures of your mother when staff is not looking as well to support your claims.
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