58A-5.0131. Definitions  

Effective on Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • 1In addition to the terms defined in section 9429.02, F.S., 11the following definitions are applicable in this rule chapter:

    20(1) “Advertise” means any written, printed, oral, visual, or electronic promotion, statement of availability, qualifications, services offered, or other similar communication appearing in or on television, radio, the Internet, billboards, newspapers, magazines, business cards, flyers, brochures or other medium for the purpose of attracting potential residents to an assisted living facility. A complimentary listing of a licensed facility’s name, address, and telephone number in the telephone directory is not considered advertising.

    91(2) “Agency Central Office” means the Agency for Health Care Administration Assisted Living Unit (ALU), located at 2727 Mahan Drive, Mail Stop 30, Tallahassee, FL 32308-5403. The ALU telephone number 121and website address are (850)412-4304, and http://ahca.myflorida.com/MCHQ/Health_Facility_Regulation/Assisted_Living/alf.shtml.

    128(3) “Agency Field Office” means the Agency for Health Care Administration’s Office in a particular geographic area. Information regarding local offices is available online at: http://ahca.myflorida.com/mchq/index.shtml#six.

    154(4) “Apartment” means a self-contained dwelling unit with a bathroom, kitchen area, and living and sleeping space that is contracted for use as a residence by one or more persons who maintain a common household.

    189(5) “Anti-Embolism Stockings and Hosiery” means prescribed close-fitting elastic-type coverings for therapeutic treatment of the legs. They may be knee high or thigh high length and have transparent, open-toe, or similar foot design.

    222(6) “Assistance with Activities of Daily Living” means individual assistance with the following:

    235(a) Ambulation – Providing physical support to enable the resident to move about within or outside the facility. Physical support includes supporting or holding the resident’s hand, elbow, or arm; holding on to a support belt worn by the resident to assist in providing stability or direction while the resident ambulates; or pushing the resident’s wheelchair. The term does not include assistance with transfer.

    299(b) Bathing – Assembling towels, soaps, or other necessary supplies; helping the resident in and out of the bathtub or shower; turning the water on and off; adjusting water temperatures; washing and drying portions of the body that are difficult for the resident to reach; or being available while the resident is bathing.

    352(c) Dressing – Helping residents to choose, put on, and remove clothing.

    364(d) Eating – Helping residents with or by cutting food, pouring beverages, or feeding residents who are unable to feed themselves.

    385(e) Grooming – Helping residents with shaving, oral care, care of the hair, or nail care.

    401(f) Toileting – Assisting the resident to the bathroom, helping the resident to undress, positioning the resident on the commode, and helping the resident with related personal hygiene including assistance with changing an adult brief and assistance with the routine emptying of a catheter or ostomy bag.

    448(7) “Assistance With Transfer” means providing verbal and physical cuing or physical assistance or both while the resident moves between bed and a standing position or between bed and chair or wheelchair. 480The term does not include total physical assistance with transfer provided by staff to residents.

    495(8) “Bedridden” means confined to bed because of inability to ambulate or transfer to a wheelchair even with assistance, or to sit safely in a chair or wheelchair without personal assistance or physical restraint.

    529(9) “Capacity” means the number of residents for which a facility has been licensed to provide residential care.

    547(10) “Case Manager” means an individual employed by or under contract with any agency or organization, public or private, who has the responsibility for assessing resident needs; planning services 576for the resident; 579coordinating and assisting residents with gaining access to needed medical, mental health, social, housing, educational or other services; monitoring service delivery; and evaluating the effects of service delivery.

    607(11) “Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)” means an individual certified under chapter 464, Part II, F.S.

    622(12) “Day Care Participant” means an individual who receives services at a facility for less than 24 hours per day.

    642(13) “Deficiency” means an instance of non-compliance with the requirements of 653part II of chapter 408, F.S., part I of chapter 429, F.S., 665rule chapter 59A-35, F.A.C., and this rule chapter.

    673(14) “Direct Care Staff” means Staff in Regular Contact or Staff in Direct Contact with residents who provide personal or nursing services to residents, including administrators and managers providing such services.

    704(15) “Distinct Part” means designated bedrooms or apartments, bathrooms and a living area; or a separately identified wing, floor, or building that includes bedrooms or apartments, bathrooms and a living area. The distinct part may include a separate dining area, or meals may be served in another part of the facility.

    755(16) “Elopement” means an occurrence in which a resident leaves a facility without following facility policy and procedures.

    773(17) “Food Service” means the storage, preparation, service, and clean up of food intended for consumption in a facility 792either by facility staff or through 798a formal agreement that meals will be regularly catered by a third party.

    811(18) “Glucose Meter” or “glucometer” means a medical device that determines the approximate concentration of glucose in the blood.

    830(19) “Health Care Provider” means a physician or physician’s assistant licensed under chapter 458 or 459, F.S., or advanced registered nurse practitioner licensed under chapter 464, F.S.

    857(20) “Licensed Dietitian or Nutritionist” means a dietitian or nutritionist licensed under chapter 468, part X, F.S.

    874(21) “Local fire safety authority” means the authority having jurisdiction as defined in rule chapter 69A-40, F.A.C.

    891(22) “Long-term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP)” means the long-term care ombudsman program established under chapter 400, Part I, F.S.

    910(23) “Manager” means an individual who is authorized to perform the same functions as a facility administrator, and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of an assisted living facility while under the supervision of the administrator of that facility. A manager does not include staff authorized to perform limited administrative functions during an administrator’s temporary absence.

    967(24) “Mental Disorder” for the purposes of identifying a mental health resident, means schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders; affective disorders; anxiety related disorders; and personality and dissociative disorders. However, mental disorder does not include residents with a primary diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias, or mental retardation.

    1014(25) “Mental Health Care Provider” means an individual, agency, or organization providing mental health services to clients of the Department of Children and Families; an individual licensed by the state to provide mental health services; or an entity employing or contracting with individuals licensed by the state to provide mental health services.

    1066(26) “Mental Health Case Manager” means a case manager employed by or under contract to a mental health care provider to assist mental health residents residing in a facility holding a limited mental health license.

    1101(27) “Nurse” means a licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), or advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) licensed under chapter 464, F.S.

    1123(28) “Nursing Assessment” means a written review of information collected from observation and interaction with a resident, including the resident’s record and any other relevant sources of information, the analysis of the information, and recommendations for modification of the resident’s care, if warranted. The assessment must contain the signature and credential initials of the person who conducted the assessment.

    1182(29) “Nursing Progress Notes” or “Progress Report” means a written record of nursing services, other than medication administration or the taking of vital signs, provided to each resident who receives such services in a facility with a limited nursing or extended congregate care license. The progress notes must be completed by the nurse who delivered the service; must describe the date, type, scope, amount, duration, and outcome of services that are rendered; must describe the general status of the resident’s health; must describe any deviations in the residents health; must describe any contact with the resident’s physician; and must contain the signature and credential initials of the person rendering the service.

    1293(30) “Optional State Supplementation (OSS)” means the state program providing monthly payments to eligible residents pursuant to section 1311409.212, F.S., 1313and rule chapter 65A-2, F.A.C.

    1318(31) “Owner” means a person, partnership, association, limited liability company, or corporation, that owns or leases the facility that is licensed by the agency. The term does not include a person, partnership, association, limited liability company, or corporation that contracts only to manage or operate the facility.

    1365(32) “Physician” means an individual licensed under chapter 458 or 459, F.S.

    1377(33) “Pill organizer” means a container that is designed to hold solid doses of medication and is divided according to day or time increments.

    1401(34) “Registered Dietitian” means an individual registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the accrediting body of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    1424(35) “Respite Care” means facility-based supervision of an impaired adult for the purpose of relieving the primary caregiver.

    1442(36) “Significant Change” means either a sudden or major shift in the behavior or mood of a resident that is inconsistent with the resident’s diagnosis, or a deterioration in the resident’s health status such as unplanned weight change, stroke, heart condition, enrollment in hospice, or stage 2, 3 or 4 pressure sore. Ordinary day-to-day fluctuations in a resident’s functioning and behavior, short-term illnesses such as colds, or the gradual deterioration in the resident’s ability to carry out the activities of daily living that accompanies the aging process are not considered significant changes.

    1534(37) “Staff” means any individual employed by a facility, contracting with a facility to provide direct or indirect services to residents, or employed by a firm under contract with a facility to provide direct or indirect services to residents when present in the facility. The term includes volunteers performing any service that counts toward meeting any staffing requirement of this rule chapter.

    1596(38) “Staff in Regular Contact” or “Staff in Direct Contact” mean all staff whose duties may require them to interact with residents on a daily basis.

    1622(39) “Third Party” means any individual or business entity providing services to residents in a facility that is not staff of the facility.

    1645(40) “Universal Precautions” are a set of precautions designed to prevent transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and other bloodborne pathogens when providing first aid or health care. Universal precautions require that the blood and certain body fluids of all residents be considered potentially infectious for HIV, HBV, and other bloodborne pathogens.

    1701(41) “Unscheduled Service Need” means a need for a personal service, nursing service, or mental health intervention that cannot be predicted in advance and that must be met promptly to ensure that the health, safety, and welfare of residents is preserved.

    1742Rulemaking Authority 1744429.41, 1745429.929 FS. 1747Law Implemented 1749429.07, 1750429.075, 1751429.11, 1752429.14, 1753429.19, 1754429.41, 1755429.47, 1756429.52, 1757429.905 FS. 1759History–New 9-30-92, Formerly 10A-5.0131, Amended 10-30-95, 6-2-96, 4-20-98, 11-2-98, 10-17-99, 1-9-02, 7-30-06, 4-15-10, 4-17-14, 5-10-18.


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