481—57.1 (135C) Definitions.
For the purpose of these rules, the following terms shall have the
meaning indicated in this chapter. The definitions set out in Iowa Code section 135C.1 shall be
considered to be incorporated verbatim in the rules. The use of the words “shall” and “must” indicate
those standards are mandatory. The use of the words “should” and “could” indicate those standards are
57.1(1) “Accommodation” means the provision of lodging, including sleeping, dining, and living areas.
57.1(2) “Administrator” means a person approved and certified by the department who
administers, manages, supervises, and is in general administrative charge of a residential care facility,
whether or not such individual has an ownership interest in such facility, and whether or not the
functions and duties are shared with one or more individuals.
57.1(3) “Alcoholic” means a person in a state of dependency resulting from excessive or prolonged
consumption of alcoholic beverages as defined in Iowa Code section 125.2.
57.1(4) “Ambulatory” means the condition of a person who immediately and without aid of another
is physically and mentally capable of traveling a normal path to safety, including the ascent and descent of stairs.
57.1(5) “Basement” means that part of a building where the finish floor is more than 30 inches
below the finish grade of the building.
57.1(6) “Board” means the regular provision of meals.
57.1(7) “Communicable disease” means a disease caused by the presence of viruses or microbial
agents within a person’s body, which agents may be transmitted either directly or indirectly to other persons.
57.1(8) “Department” means the state department of inspections and appeals.
57.1(9) “Distinct part ” means a clearly identifiable area or section within a health care facility,
consisting of at least a residential unit, wing, floor, or building containing contiguous rooms.
57.1(10) “Drug addiction” means a state of dependency, as medically determined, resulting from
excessive or prolonged use of drugs as defined in Iowa Code chapter 204.
57.1(11) “Medication” means any drug including over-the-counter substances ordered and
administered under the direction of the physician.
57.1(12) “Nonambulatory” means the condition of a person who immediately and without aid of
another is not physically and mentally capable of traveling a normal path to safety, including the ascent
and descent of stairs.
57.1(13) “Personal care” means assistance with the activities of daily living which the recipient
can perform only with difficulty. Examples are help in getting in and out of bed, assistance with personal
hygiene and bathing, help with dressing and feeding, and supervision over medications that can be self-administered.
57.1(14) “Program of care” means all services being provided for a resident in a health care facility.
57.1(15) “Qualified intellectual disabilities professional” means a psychologist, physician,
a registered nurse, educator, social worker, physical or occupational therapist, speech therapist or
an audiologist who meets the educational requirements for the profession, as required in the state of Iowa,
and have one year’s experience working with persons with an intellectual disability.
57.1(16) “Rate” means that daily fee charged for all residents equally and shall include the cost of
all minimum services required in these rules and regulations.
57.1(17) “Responsible party” means the person who signs or cosigns the admission agreement
required in 481—57.14(135C) or the resident’s guardian or conservator if one has been appointed. In the
event that a resident has neither a guardian, conservator nor person who signed or cosigned the resident’s
admission agreement, the term “responsible party” shall include the resident’s sponsoring agency, e.g.,
the department of social services, veteran’s administration, religious groups, fraternal organizations, or
foundations that assume responsibility and advocate for their client patients and pay for their health care.
57.1(18) “Restraints” means the measures taken to control a resident’s physical activity for the
resident’s own protection or for the protection of others.