Glossary beginning with E

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One of the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). The ability to consume food that has already been prepared and made available, with or without the use of adaptive utensils. Necessary skills include reaching for, picking up and rasping a utensil and cup; getting food on a utensil and bringing food, utensil and cup to mouth; manipulating food on plate; and cleaning face and hands as necessary following meals. <b>Eating</b> does not mean an ability or inability to prepare food.

Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is defined by state laws which vary considerably about what constitutes the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of the elderly. Abuse is often categorized as physical, sexual, emotional, financial, neglect, and/or abandoment. Most often it is defined as an action taken by someone who is trusted by an elder that causes harm.

Estate Recovery

Federal law that mandates that states must try to recover funds from deceased Medicaid recipients' estates up to the amount spent by the state for all Medicaid services to offset the cost of the program. For example, a state may place a lien on the home of a Medicaid beneficiary, then collect on it when the house is sold or changes ownership. The exact rules about what assets are included and excluded, and when and how this recovery will take place, are determined by the states and vary significantly from one part of the country to another.

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