glossary

Adult day health care is care and services provided in a residential health care facility or approved extension site under the medical direction of a physician to a person who is functionally impaired, not homebound, and who requires certain preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitative or palliative items or services. Adult day health care includes the following services: medical, nursing, food and nutrition, social services, rehabilitation therapy, leisure time activities which are a planned program of diverse meaningful activities, dental pharmaceutical, and other ancillary services.

Social day care is a structured, comprehensive program which provides functionally impaired individuals with socialization; supervision and monitoring; personal care; and nutrition in a protective setting during any part of the day, but for less than a 24-hour period. Additional services may include and are not limited to maintenance and enhancement of daily living skills, transportation, caregiver assistance, and case coordination and assistance.

Home health aide means a person who carries out health care tasks under the supervision of a registered nurse or licensed therapist and who may also provide assistance with personal hygiene, housekeeping and other related supportive tasks to an Enrollee with health care needs in his home. Qualifications of home health aides are defined in Section

Meals: Home-delivered and congregate meals provided in accordance with each individual Enrollee’s plan of care.

Social services are information, referral, and assistance with obtaining or maintaining benefits which include financial assistance, medical assistance, food stamps, or other support programs provided by the LDSS, Social Security Administration, and other sources. Social services also involves providing supports and addressing problems in an Enrollee’s living environment and daily activities to assist the Enrollee to remain in the community.

Consumer Direct: Purpose is to permit chronically ill or physically disabled individuals receiving home care services greater flexibility and freedom of choice in obtaining such services.  The consumer can find and hire their own caregivers and train them to their specific care needs.