Glossary of Terms
Senior Care Service Definitions
Adult Day Service (ADS): Site-based service which can provide supervision, meals, social activities, and personal care assist. Some providers offer transportation to and from the site.
Adult Family Care (AFC): Supervised living with 24-hour care provided in a home either owned, rented, or managed by an AFC provider. Care for up to three unrelated (to care provider) individuals. Service cost of AFC is covered through waiver. Consumer is responsible for room and board. Reimbursement is based on level of service (LOS) assessment.
Assisted Living (AL): Supervised Facility setting. Service cost of Assisted Living is covered through waiver. Consumer is responsible for room and board. Reimbursement rate for AL is based on the Level of Service (LOS) assessment. Must be over 18 and cannot have skilled needs to qualify
Assistive Technology (ATCH): Used to promote independence in the home and community. Includes devices such as a grabber, shower chair, lift chair or raised toilet seat.
Attendant Care (ATTC): Can provide limited personal care. May assist with bathing, dressing, and basic hygiene activities. May also assist with light homemaking activities related to the care of the client.
Homemaker (HMK): Can do light housekeeping, meal prep, shopping, and errands. HMK’s may not do any hands-on personal care or provide services for anyone other than the client.
Home-Delivered Meals (HDM): Nutritionally balanced meal delivered to the client’s home.
Home Health Aide (HOHE): Can provide direct personal care. May provide bed bath, non weight bearing transfer, assist with range of motion exercises, assist with oral feeding and take vitals. May not dispense meds, apply dressings, provide tube feedings, or other skilled needs.
Home Modifications (EMOD/HMOD): Provided to make client’s home more accessible. Common Home Modifications include wheelchair ramps, widened doorways, handrails, grab bars, etc.
Integrated Health Care Coordination (HCC): To promote improved health status and quality of life, delay/prevent deterioration of health status, manage chronic conditions in collaboration with physicians, and intergrate medical and social services.
Personal Emergency Response System (PRSM): Device which enables client to secure help in an emergency.
Respite: For relief of or in the absence of the unpaid primary caregiver. May be provided as respite home health aide (RHHA) or respite nursing (RNUR).
Skilled Nursing (SKNU): Provided by LPN or RN for clients with skilled medical needs including feeding tubes, I.V.’s, decubitus ulcers, and other unstable, acute conditions.
Structured Family Caregiving (SFC): Living arrangement in which a participant lives in their private home or the private home of a principal caregiver who may be a non-family member or a family member. Reimbursement is based on level of service (LOS) assessment.