caretaker or other person with a duty of care for the elderly person. Abuse also includes neglect, abandonment, and exploitation.
INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE: “Abuse” under § 23-17.8-1 means: (i) Any assault as defined in chapter 5 of title 11, including, but not limited to, hitting, kicking, pinching, slapping, or the pulling of hair, provided, however, unless such is required as an element of the offense charged, it shall not be necessary to prove that the patient or resident was injured thereby, or; (ii) Any assault as defined in chapter 37 of title 11, or; (iii) Any offense under chapter 10 of title 11, or; (iv) Any conduct which harms or is likely to physically harm the patient or resident except where the conduct is a part of the care and treatment, and in furtherance of the health and safety of the patient or resident, or (v) Intentionally engaging in a pattern of harassing conduct which causes or is likely to cause emotional or psychological harm to the patient or resident, including but not limited to, ridiculing or demeaning a patient or resident, making derogatory remarks to a patient or resident or cursing directed towards a patient or resident, or threatening to inflict physical or emotional harm on a patient or resident.
“Mistreatment” under § 23-17.8-1 means the inappropriate use of medications, isolation, or use of physical or chemical restraints (1) as punishment, (2) for staff convenience, (3) as a substitute for treatment or care, (4) in conflict with a physician’s order, (5) or in quantities which inhibit effective care or treatment, which harms or is likely to harm the patient or resident.
“Neglect” under § 42-66-4.1 means the willful refusal to provide services necessary to maintain physical and mental health on the part of a caretaker or other person with a duty of care.
INSTITUTIONAL NEGLECT: “Neglect” under § 23-17.8-1 means the intentional failure to provide treatment, care, goods, and services necessary to maintain the health and safety of the patient or resident, or the intentional failure to carry out a plan of treatment or care prescribed by the physician of the patient or resident, or the intentional failure to report patient or resident health problems or changes in health problems or changes in health conditions to an immediate supervisor or nurse, or the intentional lack of attention to the physical needs of a patient or resident including, but not limited to toileting, bathing, meals, and safety. Provided, however, no person shall be considered to be neglected for the sole reason that he or she relies on