Health Care Facilities

ORS 441.630
Definitions for ORS 441.630 to 441.680

As used in ORS 441.630 (Definitions for ORS 441.630 to 441.680) to 441.680 (Spiritual healing alone not considered abuse of resident):


“Abuse” means:


Any physical injury to a resident of a long term care facility which has been caused by other than accidental means.


Failure to provide basic care or services, which failure results in physical harm or unreasonable discomfort or serious loss of human dignity.


Sexual contact with a resident caused by an employee, agent or other resident of a long term care facility by force, threat, duress or coercion.


Illegal or improper use of a resident’s resources for the personal profit or gain of another person.


Verbal or mental abuse as prohibited by federal law.


Corporal punishment.


Involuntary seclusion for convenience or discipline.


“Abuse complaint” means any oral or written communication to the department, one of its agents or a law enforcement agency alleging abuse.


“Department” means the Department of Human Services or a designee of the department.


“Facility” means a long term care facility, as defined in ORS 442.015 (Definitions).


“Law enforcement agency” means:


Any city or municipal police department.


A police department established by a university under ORS 352.121 (University police departments and officers) or 353.125 (Creation of police department and commission of police officers).


Any county sheriff’s office.


The Oregon State Police.


Any district attorney.


“Public or private official” means:


Physician, including any intern or resident.


Licensed practical nurse or registered nurse.


Employee of the Department of Human Services, a community developmental disabilities program or a long term care facility or person who contracts to provide services to a long term care facility.


Employee of the Oregon Health Authority, local health department or community mental health program.


Peace officer.


Member of the clergy.


Regulated social worker.


Physical, speech and occupational therapists.


Legal counsel for a resident or guardian or family member of the resident.


Member of the Legislative Assembly.


Personal support worker, as defined in ORS 410.600 (Definitions for ORS 410.595 to 410.625).


Home care worker, as defined in ORS 410.600 (Definitions for ORS 410.595 to 410.625). [1979 c.770 §1; 1981 c.470 §7; 1981 c.784 §22; 1987 c.428 §26; 1989 c.721 §53; 1993 c.759 §1; 2001 c.104 §180; 2009 c.442 §41; 2009 c.595 §737; 2011 c.506 §42; 2013 c.180 §46; 2015 c.179 §4; 2015 c.736 §88; 2017 c.679 §41; 2018 c.75 §23]
§§ 441.630 to 441.685

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Definition of patient abuse, (1980) Vol 40, p 381

Chapter 441

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Licensing and phantom beds, (1970) Vol 40, p 171; a hospital's employing a licensed physical therapist as unauthorized practice, (1975) Vol 37, p 963


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