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Many licensed Residential Care Facilities (RCFs) (assisted living) are confused regarding their responsibility to report abuse, neglect and misappropriation of resident property to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Some mistakenly believe that the laws for reporting to ODH are the same for RCFs as they are for nursing facilities (NFs). Others believe that they need to report more to ODH than they are legally required to because they use an everyday understanding of the terms “abuse” and “neglect” rather than how those terms are legally defined. Others find the form created by ODH for reporting incidents to be confusing because it is based on NF requirements, not those for RCFs.
We have created a document that is intended to assist Ohio licensed RCFs with understanding their duty to report to ODH regarding resident abuse, neglect, exploitation and misappropriation of property.
It may be accessed HERE.
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