38 CFR § 71.15 - Definitions.

§ 71.15 Definitions.

For the purposes of this part:

Combined rate refers to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) hourly wage rate for home health aides at the 75th percentile in the eligible veteran's geographic area of residence, multiplied by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). The combined rate will be determined for each geographic area on an annual basis. For each geographic area, the combined rate will be the higher of:

(1) The most recent BLS hourly wage rate for home health aides at the 75th percentile in the geographic area multiplied by the most recent CPI-U; or

(2) The combined rate applied for the geographic area in the previous year.

Eligible veteran means a veteran, or a servicemember, who is found eligible for a Family Caregiver under § 71.20.

Family Caregiver means both a Primary and Secondary Family Caregiver.

General Caregiver means an individual who meets the requirements of § 71.30.

Inability to perform an activity of daily living (ADL) means any one of the following:

(1) Inability to dress or undress oneself;

(2) Inability to bathe;

(3) Inability to groom oneself in order to keep oneself clean and presentable;

(4) Frequent need of adjustment of any special prosthetic or orthopedic appliance that, by reason of the particular disability, cannot be done without assistance (this does not include the adjustment of appliances that nondisabled persons would be unable to adjust without aid, such as supports, belts, lacing at the back, etc.);

(5) Inability to toilet or attend to toileting without assistance;

(6) Inability to feed oneself due to loss of coordination of upper extremities, extreme weakness, inability to swallow, or the need for a non-oral means of nutrition; or

(7) Difficulty with mobility (walking, going up stairs, transferring from bed to chair, etc.).

In the best interest means, for the purpose of determining whether it is in the best interest of the veteran or servicemember to participate in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers under 38 U.S.C. 1720G(a), a clinical determination that participation in such program is likely to be beneficial to the veteran or servicemember . Such determination will include consideration, by a clinician, of whether participation in the program significantly enhances the veteran or servicemember's ability to live safely in a home setting, supports the veteran or servicemember's potential progress in rehabilitation, if such potential exists, and creates an environment that supports the health and well-being of the veteran or servicemember.

Need for supervision or protection based on symptoms or residuals of neurological or other impairment or injury means requiring supervision or assistance for any of the following reasons:

(1) Seizures (blackouts or lapses in mental awareness, etc.);

(2) Difficulty with planning and organizing (such as the ability to adhere to medication regimen);

(3) Safety risks (wandering outside the home, danger of falling, using electrical appliances, etc.);

(4) Difficulty with sleep regulation;

(5) Delusions or hallucinations;

(6) Difficulty with recent memory; or

(7) Self regulation (being able to moderate moods, agitation or aggression, etc.).

Personal care services means care or assistance of another person necessary in order to support the eligible veteran's health and well-being, and perform personal functions required in everyday living ensuring the eligible veteran remains safe from hazards or dangers incident to his or her daily environment.

Primary care team means a group of medical professionals who care for a patient and who are selected by VA based on the clinical needs of the patient. The team must include a primary care provider who coordinates the care, and may include clinical specialists (e.g., a neurologist, psychiatrist, etc.), resident physicians, nurses, physicians' assistants, nurse practitioners, occupational or rehabilitation therapists, social workers, etc., as indicated by the needs of the particular patient.

Primary Family Caregiver means an individual who meets the requirements of § 71.25.

Secondary Family Caregiver means an individual who meets the requirements of § 71.25.

Serious injury means any injury, including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma, or other mental disorder, incurred or aggravated in the line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service on or after September 11, 2001, that renders the veteran or servicemember in need of personal care services.

Undergoing medical discharge means that the servicemember has been found unfit for duty due to a medical condition by their Service's Physical Evaluation Board, and a date of medical discharge has been issued.

VA refers to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

(Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501, 1720G)
[76 FR 26172, May 5, 2011, as amended at 80 FR 1376, Jan. 9, 2015]