DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES




Saturday, May 26, 2018

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Home and Community Based Waiver Services (HCBS)

Services designed to support individuals at home or in a community setting, approved under a waiver approved by CMS and administered by State Agencies. A waiver is a mechanism utilized by states which allows certain requirements of Medicaid funding to be waived in order to provide services to eligible individuals in a less restrictive setting.

Home Health Aide

(HHA) A Nurse Aide who has been tested and proven competent in home health skills. Home Health Aides are able to work in the private home.

Home Health Service

Services that allow you to remain safely at home with some assistance in daily living, whether its medical, personal hygiene, companionship, rehabilitation and support to aid the healing process after illness, surgery or injury.

Home Infusion

Supplies essential nutrients, fluids, electrolytes, medication, blood or blood products directly into the patients blood stream. Specific therapies include antibiotics, diuretics, pain control, hydration, chemotherapy and total parenteral nutrition.

Home Medical Equipment

(HME) Equipment used by the patient to support attainment of highest level of independent function. HME includes hospital beds, walkers, bath benches, trapezes, oxygen and ventilators.

Home modification and repair

Modifications or repairs to a residence that increase the safety, comfort, security and independence of the residents and facilities caregiving. Major modifications include ramps, chair lifts, stair glides, roll-in showers and widening of doorways. Minor modifications include installation of grab bars, improved lighting, hand held shower adaptors and door handle replacement.

Homebound

Inability to leave home without a taxing effort, the assistance of someone else, or the use of crutches, cane, walker, wheelchair or special transportation.

Homemaker Service

Services which consist of 'hands off' assistance provided to an individual in the performance of basic household tasks including cleaning, vacuuming, washing dishes, laundry, shopping and light meal preparation.

Hospice

A coordinated program of palliative and supportive care for individuals with terminal illness. An interdisciplinary team of professionals and volunteers provides services in the patients place of residence or in an inpatient setting during the illness and period of bereavement.