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In-Home Services

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Glossary of Services:

Chore: heavy indoor or outdoor work or household tasks provided to individuals who are unable to do these tasks for themselves because of frailty or other factors. Services are provided in order to allow the person to maintain a healthy and safe home environment.

Companion: home-based supervision and monitoring activities including escorting individuals to medical appointments, recreational activities, social appointments, reading to an individual, providing monitoring and companionship to ensure the highest quality of life and safety of the individual.

Home Health Aide (HHA): hands-on personal care such as assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, changing of bed linens, assistance with feeding, ambulation, assistance with transferring and toileting.

Homemaker (HMK): general household activities provided in the home to assist or instruct an individual in managing a household. Includes: changing linens, dishwashing, light housekeeping, laundry, meal planning and preparation and shopping.

Personal Emergency Response System (ERS): in-home, twenty-four hour electronic alarm system activated by a signal to a switchboard which provides the individual with immediate help in the event of a medical, emotional or environmental emergency.

Respite: provides short-term relief for a family caregiver caring for a loved one to help alleviate some of the stresses of caregiving. Respite can be either in-home services such as a companion, HHA, HMK, or can be in-patient at an assisted living or skilled nursing facility.

Skilled Nursing Visit (SNV): those services that must be provided by a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN) including observation and assessment of patient’s condition.

Social Worker (MSW): services provided to help an individual cope with personal, family or environmental issues . This includes assistance to individuals coping with long-term or short-term disability, substance abuse, family relationships and maintaining a person’s independence.