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Abuse - The willful act or omission of a caregiver or any other person, which results in physical injury, mental anguish, unreasonable confinement, sexual abuse or exploitation to or of a vulnerable adult.

Adult Day Care - A program of nonresidential activities for individuals age 18 years of age and over that encompasses activities needed to ensure the optimal functioning of the individual. The program must be provided 3 or more hours per day, on a regularly scheduled basis, one or more days per week

Adult Family Foster Care - Safe, family living environment providing 24 hour care or supervision. Licensed by the state.

Adult Residential Services - A setting in which 24-hour personal care is provided to persons with dementia.

Assisted Living - Defined currently in ND Century Code 50-24.5-01-2 as "an environment where a person lives in an apartment like unit and receives services on a twenty-four hour basis to accommodate that persons' needs and abilities to maintain as much independence as possible."

Basic Care Facility - A congregate care facility licensed by the Department of Health under ND Century Code 23-09.3 which provides room and board and may provide assistance with activities of daily living and limited nursing care as required.

Case Management - Assessment, care planning, provider selection, monitor services, makes referrals

Chore - A service that provides assistance to persons having difficulty with one of the following instrumental activities of daily living: heavy housework, yardwork or sidewalk maintenance.

Communication Accessible - Having the technology to address the communication needs of individuals with physical disabilities.

Congregate Meals -A service that provides a meal, which meets daily nutritional requirements and is served in a group setting.

Emergency Response System - PERS is an electronic devise that enables certain individuals at high risk of institutionalization to secure help in an emergency. The system is connected to the person's phone and programmed to signal a response once a "help" button is activated.

Environmental Modifications - Service that will enable a recipient to complete personal care or receive care and no alternative community resource is available. Recipient must own the home and it must be structurally sound.

Family Home Care - The provision of room, board, supervisory care, and daily personal care, to an eligible elderly or disabled individual residing with the client in the home of the provider or the home of the client. Client and family member must meet degree of relationship as defined by state law.

Financial Exploitation - The taking or misuse of the vulnerable adults resources or property by means of undue influence, breach of fiduciary responsibility, deception, harassment, criminal coercion, theft, or other unlawful or improper means.

Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) - Foster grandparents (60 years or older) provide invaluable aid to children and youth with exceptional needs. In improving the lives of the children they serve, Foster grandparents also profoundly enrich their own lives. They serve 15+ hours a week in schools, hospitals, correctional institutions, and Head Start centers. They help children who have been abused or neglected, mentor troubled teenagers and young mothers, and care for premature infants and children with disabilities.

Health Maintenance - Service that provides screenings to determine and maintain the health and well being of older individuals.

Home Delivered Meals - A service that provides a meal that meets daily nutritional requirements and is delivered to the home of an eligible individual.

Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) - A continuum of services adequate to appropriately sustain individuals in their own homes and in their communities and to delay or prevent institutional care.

Home Injury Prevention - An in-home safety visit is conducted to identify safety concerns. Based on need, some items such as smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and grab bars may be provided.

Homemaker - A service that provides assistance to persons that have an intermittent or occasional need for minor routine assistance with general light housework, laundry, and meal preparation.

Information & Assistance - A service for older adults, families of older adults and professionals that provides current information on opportunities and services available to individuals within their communities.

Injury Prevention Service – assessment of an individual’s home to determine safety risk factors and provision of in-home safety supplies

Legal Assistance – Legal advise and representation provided by an attorney to an older individual with economic or social needs.

Legal Assistance of North Dakota (LAND) - a nonprofit corporation primarily supported by federal and state funds to deliver civil legal services to low-income persons and disadvantaged elderly in North Dakota.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman – A person who identifies, investigates, and resolves complaints made by or on behalf of residents of long-term care facilities and works in other ways to protect the health, safety, welfare, and rights or residents.

Neglect - The failure to provide essential services necessary to maintain the physical and/or mental health of a vulnerable adult. This also includes self-neglect.

Nursing Facilities - Facilities licensed under ND Century Code 23-16 by the Department of Health to provide long-term care, including 24 -hour nursing care in a congregate institutional environment.

Multipurpose Senior Center - A community facility for the organization and provision of a broad spectrum of services, which includes the provision of health (including mental health), social, nutritional, educational, and recreational activities.

Older Americans Act of 1965 - (OAA) was enacted to improve the lives of America’s older individuals in relation to income, health, housing, employment, long-term care, retirement, and community service. The underlying purpose is to enhance the ability of older individuals to maintain as much independence as possible and remain in their own homes and communities. Federal funds are allocated to states on an annual basis to provide services to older individuals.
Older Americans Act services are available to individuals age 60 and over. There is no means test. Individuals must be given opportunity to contribute to the cost of the service; however, no one can be denied service due to inability to contribute.

Outreach – Seeking out older individuals, identifying service needs, and assisting them to access available services.

Personal Care Service - Assistance with daily personal care, e.g. bathe, dress, transfer, toilet, supervise.

Physically Accessible - Building or location accessible to all individuals including those with disabilities.

Respite Care - Services provided to individuals unable to care for themselves; furnished on a short-term basis because of the absence or need for relief of those persons normally providing the care.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) - RSVP is one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation, matching local projects with people aged 55 and older who are willing to help. RSVP volunteers choose how and where they want to serve. Volunteers organize neighborhood watch programs, tutor English to immigrants, program computers, help people recover from natural disasters, and whatever else their skills and interests lead them to do.

Self-neglect - The inability or lack of desire by the vulnerable adult to maintain and safeguard his or her own physical or mental health.

Senior Companion Program (SCP) - Senior Companions (60 years or older) provide assistance and friendship to seniors who have difficulty with their daily living tasks by helping them retain their independence rather than having to move to expensive institutionalized care. Senior Companions assist with chores such as paying bills, grocery shopping, and finding transportation to medical appointments. They usually serve two to four clients during their 15+ hours of service each week. Senior Companions receive training in topics such as Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and mental health.

Specialized Equipment and Supplies - Service provides recipients with needed items that are not covered under Medicaid State Plan or other resources available to the recipient. The item must increase the direct ability of the recipient to perform personal cares or routine household tasks and reduce the amount of human assistance required. Documentation must also exist that the item is necessary to prevent institutionalization.

Training for Family Caregivers - Training to improve the skills of a non-paid primary caregiver / family member, when training will directly benefit the family's ability to meet the care needs of the recipient.

Transportation - Transporting and / or escorting client to essential needs, e.g. grocery, utility company, Social Security office.

Traumatic Brain Injury Services - Residential and Transitional Living services for brain injured persons who have a significant, emotional, behavioral, or cognitive impairment.

Vulnerable Adult - A person who has a substantial mental or functional impairment that compromises health, safety or independent life style. Persons ages 18 and up and a minor emancipated by marriage who live in the community. It does not include persons who live in a long-term care facility, or persons who live in a group home for a defined population.

Vulnerable Adult Services – Services provided for prevention, correction, or discontinuation of abuse or neglect which are necessary and appropriate under the circumstances to protect an abused or neglected vulnerable adult; and which ensure that the least restrictive alternatives provided prevent further abuse and neglect, promote self care, and independent living. Reporting is not mandatory.