2015 ORS 441.630¹
Definitions for ORS 441.630 to 441.680 and 441.995

As used in ORS 441.630 (Definitions for ORS 441.630 to 441.680 and 441.995) to 441.680 (Spiritual healing alone not considered abuse of resident) and 441.995 (Factors considered in determining penalties under ORS 441.630 to 441.680):

(1) "Abuse" means:

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

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

(c) 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.

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

(e) Verbal or mental abuse as prohibited by federal law.

(f) Corporal punishment.

(g) Involuntary seclusion for convenience or discipline.

(2) "Abuse complaint" means any oral or written communication to the department, one of its agents or a law enforcement agency alleging abuse.

(3) "Department" means the Department of Human Services or a designee of the department.

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

(5) "Law enforcement agency" means:

(a) Any city or municipal police department.

(b) 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).

(c) Any county sheriff’s office.

(d) The Oregon State Police.

(e) Any district attorney.

(6) "Public or private official" means:

(a) Physician, including any intern or resident.

(b) Licensed practical nurse or registered nurse.

(c) 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.

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

(e) Peace officer.

(f) Member of the clergy.

(g) Regulated social worker.

(h) Physical, speech and occupational therapists.

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

(j) Member of the Legislative Assembly.

(k) Personal support worker, as defined by rule adopted by the Home Care Commission.

(L) 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]

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


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 441—Health Care Facilities, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors441.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 441, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano441.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.