Bill of Rights: The Right to Refuse Care
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Bill of Rights: The Right to Refuse Care

October 17, 2019


Hello and WELCOME! This video is brought to you by the
Minnesota Department of Health. We are going to show viewers, like you, about
the RIGHTS people have when living at group homes and residences that are supervised. This video shows how people have the
RIGHT to Refuse Care. You will see a couple different examples of
the how someone is denied the right to refuse care and what you can do
if this happens to you! People have the RIGHT to refuse care. In other words, if you make decisions for
yourself, you have the right to refuse medical care, medication, and dietary restrictions. The staff will explain to you what can
happen if you refuse care. Here is an example of a person who refuses
care and what happens when he DOES refuse care. Hi Jason. It’s time to take your afternoon medication. No, Jean. I’m not taking any more medication today! I really don’t like how I feel when
I take the medication. Ok. Well, you know your doctor prescribed this
medication for you. You need it to control your blood pressure. If you don’t take this medication, your blood
pressure will get too high. You HAVE to take your medication! No, Jean. I am not taking any more medication today. Ok. You DO have the right to refuse your medication. But, I need to let you know
of a few things first. First, I will document that you refused
to take your medication. Second, I will record this in your
medical record. And finally, I will call your doctor to let
her know you that you are refusing to take your medication. Ok. But, I’m not taking my medication today. Maybe I’ll take it tomorrow! What you just saw is a situation where
a resident refused to receive care. In this example, he refused to take his medication
as prescribed by the doctor. Although we encourage you to always follow
your doctor’s instructions, if you make the decision for yourself, you have the
right to refuse care. Staff will explain what medical or psychological
results might happen, if you refuse care. People have the RIGHT to refuse care, including
the right to refuse medical care, medication, and refuse dietary restrictions. The staff will explain to you what can happen
if you refuse care. Here is an example of a person who refuses
dietary restrictions and what can happen if YOU decide to refuse dietary restrictions. Hi Pedro. Hi Reid. Are you going to eat that whole
bag of potato chips? You know, those have a lot of
calories in them. No, I’m not going to eat the whole
bag of potato chips. And yes, I do know that they have a
whole lot of calories. But, I actually, um… It is just a one day snack. I’m going to eat this junk food for today
and eat something healthier like carrots for tomorrow. Well, your doctor did say he wanted you
to eat less junk food. I know. But like I said, it is only a one day thing. All right. Well, you do have the right to refuse
dietary restrictions. But, since your doctor asked, I am going to
have to document this on your medical record. What you just saw is a situation where
a resident refused to receive care. In this example, he refused dietary restrictions
and ate potato chips even though his doctor advised him not to eat junk food. If you make decisions for yourself,
you have the right to refuse care. If you do refuse care, then the staff member
will document it and record it in your medical file. If a staff member forces you to receive care
like taking medication or doesn’t allow you to eat your potato chips, you have
the right to file a complaint. Know your rights! For Minnesota residents, contact the Office
of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. OMHDD. You can also go to the Minnesota Department
of Health website for a full list of the Bill of Rights for Supervised Living
Facilities and other videos. www.health.state.mn.us

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