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This page defines the acronyms and terms used throughout the site. You can browse through all terms or jump to a specific term by clicking the first letter of the term in the menu bar below.
Respite Care

​Services which offer temporary, substitute supports or living arrangements for care recipients in order to provide a brief period of relief or rest for caregivers. Respite Care includes: (1) In-home respite (personal care, homemaker, and other in-home respite); (2) respite provided by attendance of the care recipient at a senior center or other nonresidential program; (3) institutional respite provided by placing the care recipient in an institutional setting such as a nursing home for a short period of time as a respite service to the caregiver; and (for grandparents caring for children) summer camps.


Residential Licensing

This unit within the Division of Health Care Services licenses and conducts oversight of assisted living home.

Residential Supported Living Service

Waiver service providing twenty-four hour care for adults in a licensed assisted living home.

Respite Service

A caregiver provided to give the primary unpaid caregiver a break.

Residential Habilitation

This category of service provides habilitative support in a person’s home.

  • In Home Support Service: Support for a person under age 18 who lives in his/her own home with an unpaid caregiver.
  • Family Habilitation Home Service: Twenty-four hour residential care for adults or children with intellectual and/or developmental disability in a licensed environment.
  • Group Home Service:  Twenty-four hour residential care in a licensed assisted living home for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disability.
  • Supported Living Service: Support for a person over age 18 who lives in his/her own home to implement goals and objectives related to activities of daily living.