3304-4-01 Definitions for the personal care assistance program.

The following terms are used throughout Chapter 3304-4 of the Administrative Code:

(A) "Adjusted income" means total annual income, less impairment-related expenses and spouse deduction.

(B) "Applicant" means a person who has applied for and has been determined eligible for services from the personal care assistance program.

(C) "Assistant" means a person who provides personal assistance services.

(D) "Competitive employment" means full-time or part-time work in the competitive labor market in an integrated setting for which earnings are equivalent to at least twenty hours per week at the minimum wage.

(E) "Days" means working days.

(F) "Employed" means engaged in competitive work.

(G) "Impairment-related expenses" means all expenditures incurred because of disability that are not reimbursable by another source; only that amount actually paid out during the year in question may be counted.

(H) "Integrated setting," with respect to an employment outcome, means a setting typically found in the community in which consumers interact with persons who do not have a disability, other than service providers, to the same extent that non-disabled persons in comparable positions interact with other persons.

(I) "Participant" means an eligible person who is authorized to receive reimbursement for wages paid for personal assistance services through the personal care assistance program.

(J) "PCA" means the personal care assistance program.

(K) "Personal assistance services" means services that help a person who has a severe physical disability perform the activities of daily living.

(L) "Program" means the RSC personal care assistance program.

(M) "RSC" (i.e., rehabilitation services commission) means the Ohio agency that administers the personal care assistance program.

(N) "Severe physical disability" means requiring assistance with a minimum of three of the following activities of daily living:

(1) Bathing;

(2) Dressing;

(3) Personal grooming, including but not limited to shaving, nail care, hair care, applying make-up;

(4) Meal preparation, meal set-up, feeding;

(5) Ambulating, including but not limited to use of a walker, cane, crutch, manual or power wheelchair or scooter;

(6) Fine motor activities;

(7) Transferring or repositioning;

(8) Bowel program;

(9) Bladder care, including but not limited to assistance in the use of a catheter, emptying a urine bag;

(10) Toileting, including but not limited to transfer to and from the commode, assistance with personal cleaning when finished;

(11) Ventilator maintenance, including but not limited to monitoring and suctioning;

(12) Physical therapy exercises, including range of motion exercises;

(13) Medication, including but not limited to assistance with organizing and taking medication;

(14) Reading services;

(15) Driving services to assist with transportation that means payment of wages to a driver for transportation to work, shopping, school, entertainment, medical appointments, or for another need;

(16) Communication services, including oral and written;

(17) Household chores, including but not limited to dusting, sweeping, mopping, cleaning of dishes/counters/floors/bathrooms/cupboards, lawn maintenance, snow removal;

(18) Clothing maintenance, including but not limited to laundry, ironing, mending;

(19) Record keeping, including but not limited to preparing and managing correspondence, filing, completing forms, writing personal checks/money orders;

(O) "Spouse deduction" means a reduction of the total annual income, excluding wages paid as an assistant to the spouse through the RSC personal care assistance program, of the applicant's or participant's husband or wife, not to exceed ten thousand dollars.

(P) "Total annual income" means all money received by the applicant/participant and by the applicant's or participant's spouse during the year in question; such income shall be verifiable.

Effective: 11/14/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/30/2013 and 11/04/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3304.41
Rule Amplifies: 3304.41
Prior Effective Dates: 10/01/82, 07/01/86, 07/01/96, 09/01/99, 11/01/2002, 10/9/07