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What is the most appropriate action the OTL/R should take? Management & Evidence: When arriving to an elderly patient’s home who lives with her daughter and son-in-law for a treatment session, the OTL/R notices that the patient’s glasses are broken and the patient has new bruises on her forearms around her wrists.  The OTL/R asks the patient once the son-in-law leaves the room what happened and the patient reports that the son-in-law has been physically abusing her for the past two weeks. 

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Asked by OSUOT, Last updated: May 31, 2020

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Answered Apr 28, 2019

Contact supervisor to report suspicious elderly abuse and suggest that Adult Protective Services get involved

Answer: a. Contact supervisor to report suspicious elderly abuse and suggest that Adult Protective Services get involved Rationale: Role of Occupational therapist is required to suspected or observed cases of elder abuse. Since the patient stated the son-in-law was abusing her and their was proof from the broken glasses and the bruises on her forearms and wrists, the OTL/R is required by law to report this case to Adult Protective Services so they can investigate. Source: National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam Review and Study Guide 5th Edition by Rita P. Fleming-Castaldy (page 122)
 

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