§ 20.2. Definitions.
The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
ActThe Family Caregiver Support Act (62 P. S. § § 30613068).
Area agency on agingThe local agency designated by the Department within each planning and service area to administer the delivery of a comprehensive and coordinated plan of social and other services and activities in the planning and service area.
Assistive devicesNondisposable personal devices, as distinguished from modifications to a home, that are usable to assist the carereceiver, or the caregiver on the carereceivers behalf, to carry out an activity of daily living and, thereby, reduce the caregivers burden.
Benefits counselingA service that provides family caregivers with an individual, comprehensive review of their caregiving situations to identify appropriate resources available and to assist caregivers to access these resources.
Caregiver education or caregiver trainingServices that provide instruction or training to family caregivers, in groups or individually, in general and specific information or skills required in the care of functionally impaired older persons.
CarereceiverA functionally dependent older adult or other adult with chronic dementia such as Alzheimers Disease who is being cared for by a relative who lives in the same residence.
Chronic dementiaAn irreversible global loss of cognitive function causing evident intellectual impairment which always includes memory loss, without alteration of state of consciousness as diagnosed by a physician and which is severe enough to interfere with work or social activities, or both, and to require continuous care or supervision.
Consumable suppliesExpendable items needed on an ongoing basis to provide care to a carereceiver. Consumable supplies do not include prescription drugs.
Continuous supervisionUninterrupted care which does not preclude brief periods when the carereceiver may be left alone, if appropriate and consistent with the care plan.
DepartmentThe Department of Aging of the Commonwealth.
Functionally dependentRequiring enough assistance with one or more activities of daily living to be deemed by the area agency on aging, under this chapter, to require continuous care or supervision. Limitations contributing to the functional dependency may include physical or cognitive impairments.
Home modificationsReasonable modifications, approved under this chapter, to the structure of a home for the purpose of reducing caregiver burden. The term does not include repairs.
HouseholdPersons who occupy the same residence.
Household incomeThe income of all members of a household with the exception of a minor or dependent student.
IncomeIncome, from whatever source derived, as specified in § 20.23 (relating to income).
OPTIONSA program operated by the Department for persons who need long term care because they are functionally disabled. The program provides a continuum of assessment, care management and services which may make it possible for a functionally disabled person to be maintained in the community as an alternative to institutional placement. Each of these three functions under OPTIONSassessment, care management and servicesis divided into Level I or Level II based on the intensity and complexity of need.
Older adult or older person or older relativeA person who is 60 years of age or older, and who is a relative of the caregiver.
Ongoing caregiving expensesThe costs of respite care and other supportive services or consumable supplies which are directly related to the provision of care to the older relative.
Other adultA person 18 years of age or older residing within this Commonwealth who is suffering from a chronic dementia such as Alzheimers Disease.
Other supportive servicesServices other than respite care services that are directly related and necessary to the care being provided to the carereceiver and which are noted in the clients care plan. These services may include the following:
(i) Personal care skills training and other caregiver education services not available directly from the Program.
(ii) Counseling under a certified counseling or mental health agency.
(iii) Legal and financial counseling necessary to manage the affairs of the carereceiver.
(iv) Specialized transportation services.
Planning and service areaThe geographic unit within this Commonwealth, as designated by the Secretary, for the allocation of funds for the delivery of social services to older persons residing in that unit.
Poverty levelThe income level indicated in the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines developed, annually updated and published in the Federal Register by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
Primary caregiverThe one identified relative who has assumed the primary responsibility for the provision of care needed to maintain the physical or mental health of a functionally dependent older adult or other adult suffering from chronic dementia such as Alzheimers Disease, who lives in the same residence with the individual on a continuous basis and does not receive financial compensation for the care provided.
ProgramThe Family Caregiver Support Program.
RelativeA spouse or parent; child; stepparent; stepchild; grandparent; grandchild; brother; sister; half-brother; half-sister; aunt; great aunt; uncle; great uncle; niece; or nephew, by blood, marriage or adoption.
Respite care serviceA regular, intermittent or emergency service which provides the primary caregiver of a functionally dependent older adult or other adult suffering from a chronic dementia such as Alzheimers Disease with relief from normal caregiving duties and responsibilities.
Same residenceA house, apartment, mobile home, group of rooms, or single room, occupied as separate living quarters.
SecretaryThe Secretary of the Department.
This section cited in 6 Pa. Code § 20.21 (relating to eligibility for Program benefits).
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