DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES




Saturday, May 26, 2018

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Self abuse

Conduct which threatens or endangers a person's own welfare, health or safety.

Self neglect

An act or failure to act that substantially endangers a person's health, safety, welfare or life by not seeking or obtaining services necessary to meet the person's essential human needs. Choice of lifestyle or living arrangement are not by themselves evidence of self neglect.

Senior Housing

Age-restricted housing for older adults who are able to care for themselves and live independently. Usually no additional services such as meals or transportation are provided.

Severely restricts physical mobility

Inability to walk more than 50 meters on level ground without the use of a cane or other assistive device.

Sexual abuse

Unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims unable to give consent.

Skilled Nursing

(SN) The performance of procedures or activities requiring the skill of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse. These activities may include assessment, education, and administration of medications and treatments. Medicare reimbursable, skilled nursing services include skilled observation, skilled "hands on" intervention, skilled teaching, and management and evaluation of the patient care plan.

Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) provide continuous 24-hour nursing care for convalescent and/or critically or chronically ill residents. RNs, LPNs, and Certified Nurse Aides provide care and services prescribed by physicians with emphasis on medical nursing care. Physical, occupational, and other therapies are offered as prescribed by the patient's physician.

Social Security

The Social Security Act was developed in the 1930s as a comprehensive social insurance system covering all major personal economic hazards with a special emphasis on unemployment and old age insurance.

Speech Pathology/Speech Therapy

(SP)/(ST) May be recommended if the patient has suffered an illness or injury which has affected speaking or hearing ability and/or language skills. The speech therapist helps the patient relearn and practice language skills.

SSDI, Social Security Disability Insurance

Benefits paid to individuals and certain members of their family if the individual has met the contribution requirements and meets the criteria of disability.

SSI, Supplemental Security Income

Financial benefits paid to individuals based on financial need.

Standard calendar quarter

Three month period of time, defined as Jan-Feb-Mar, Apr-May-June, July-Aug-Sept, and Oct-Nov-Dec.