Definitions of Program Terms

 

§52.101 — The following words and terms, when used in this manual, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

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Abuse — Willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or cruel punishment with resulting physical harm, pain, or mental anguish; or the willful deprivation by a caretaker or oneself of goods or services that are necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness.

Activated alarm call — A signal transmitted from the individual's home unit to the response center indicating that the individual needs immediate assistance.

Adult — A person 18 years or older.

Aged or Elderly Person — A person age 65 or older.

Assignee — A legal entity that plans to take over a current emergency response contract through a legal assignment of the contract from another legal entity.

Assignor — A legal entity that plans to assign its current emergency response contract to another legal entity through a legal assignment of the contract.

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Call button — An electronic device that, when pressed, triggers an alarm to the response center to alert the provider agency that the individual needs immediate assistance. The device may be held in the hand, worn around the neck, hung on a garment, or kept within the individual's reach.

Contractor — The provider agency.

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[DADS — Department of Aging and Disability Services. Formerly the Texas Department of Human Services (DHS).]

Days — All are calendar days not workdays, unless otherwise noted in the text.

Department — The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Disabled person — A person who, because of physical, mental, or developmental impairment, is limited in his capacity to adequately perform one or more essential activities of daily living. Activities of daily living include, but are not limited to, personal and health care, mobility, communication, and money management.

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Exploitation — The illegal or improper act or process of a caretaker or others using the resources of an adult for monetary or personal benefit, profit, or gain.

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Fraud — A deliberate misrepresentation or intentional concealment of information to receive or to be reimbursed for services to which a person is not entitled.

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Income eligible — An adult, who is not an SSI or AFDC individual, but who has income and resources equal to or less than the eligibility level established by the department.

Individual — A person who the case manager determines is eligible for emergency response services.

Installer — A volunteer, subcontractor, or an employee of the provider agency who connects the emergency response equipment in the individual's home.

Institution — A nursing home, personal care facility, state supported living center, or state hospital.

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Medicaid Eligible — A person eligible for Medicaid as an SSI or AFDC individual or eligible for Medical Assistance Only while living in the community.

Monitor — A volunteer, subcontractor, or an employee of the provider agency who monitors services 24 hours a day, seven days a week and ensures that alarm calls are responded to immediately.

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Neglect — The failure to provide for one's self the goods or services which are necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness or the failure of a caretaker to provide the goods or services.

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Provider agency — The legal entity that has a contract with the department to deliver emergency response services to eligible individuals.

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Responder — Any person(s) who responds to an emergency call activated by an individual. Responders may include a relative, neighbor, volunteer, or staff of a sheriff's department, police department, emergency medical service, or fire department.

Response center — The site where the emergency response base station equipment is located and monitored.

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Subcontractor — An organization or individual who delivers a component of the emergency response service for the provider agency for a fee and is not an employee or volunteer of the provider agency.

Revision Number: 04-1
Effective date: September 1, 2004