State Affairs and Government
Home and Community Care Services to the Elderly
§ 42-66.3-1 Definitions.
As used in this chapter:
(1) "Adult day services program" is an agency licensed
through the department of health that provides a comprehensive supervised
program on a regular basis to physically and/or mentally handicapped adults for
a substantial part of a day in a single physical location for a specified
number of participants daily. Adult day services may include, medical
supervision, social and educational activities, snacks and/or hot lunch.
(2) "Case management agency" means a community-based agency
designated by the department of elderly affairs to provide care coordination
for home and community care clients.
(3) "Director" means the director of the department of
(4) "Home and community care services" means arranging for,
or providing directly to the client, or providing through contract services
such as home health aid/homemaker services and such other services that
may be required for a client to remain in the community and as may be
promulgated by department regulations.
(5) "Home care agency" means an agency licensed by the
department of health as a "home nursing provider" and/or "home care provider"
under the provisions of chapter 17 of title 23.
(6) "Long-term care ombudsperson" means the person or persons
designated by the director of the department of elderly affairs for the purpose
of advocating on behalf of recipients of long-term care services and of
receiving, investigating and resolving through mediation, negotiation and
administrative action complaints filed by recipients of long-term care
services; individuals acting on their behalf or any individual organization or
government agency that has reason to believe that a long-term care agency has
engaged in activities, practices or omissions that constitute a violation of
applicable statutes or regulations or that may have an adverse effect upon the
health, safety, welfare, rights or the quality of life of recipients of
long-term care services.
(7) "Home health aide services" means simple health care
tasks, personal hygiene services, housekeeping tasks essential to the patient's
health, and other related supportive services. These services shall be in
accordance with a plan of treatment for the patient and shall be under the
supervision of the appropriate health care professional. These services shall
be provided by a person who meets the standards established by the department
(8) "Homebound" means the condition of the client is such
that the client does not have the normal ability to leave home, consequently
leaving the home requires a considerable and taxing effort by the client. A
client does not have to be confined to bed to be homebound.
(9) "Homemaker services" means assistance and instruction in
managing and maintaining a household and incidental household tasks for persons
at home because of illness, incapacity, or the absence of a caretaker relative.
These services shall be provided by a person who meets the standards
established by the department of health.
(10) "Assisted living residences" means a publicly or
privately operated residence that is licensed pursuant to § 23-17-4 of the
general laws as amended.
(11) "Respite care services" means temporary care given
inside or outside the home of a client who cannot entirely care for themselves
and thereby offers relief to caregivers.
(12) "Shared living" program means a privately owned
residence in which the family provides for or arranges for the needs of the
client so that the client can remain in the community, a program that is
designed to respect the unique character of each individual, promotes
self-reliance and the freedom to make choices, and fosters dignity, autonomy
and personal safety. Services may be provided in-home or a host home residence
in which the family provides for or arranges for the needs of the client so
that the client can remain in the community including but not limited to
lodging and meals. This program is designed to provide the opportunity for the
provision of an inter-generational multidisciplinary supports to preserve and
History of Section.
(P.L. 1988, ch. 451, § 2; P.L. 1995, ch. 118, § 2; P.L. 2003, ch.
140, § 1; P.L. 2003, ch. 147, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 100, art. 17,