TITLE 89: SOCIAL SERVICES
CHAPTER II: DEPARTMENT ON AGING
PART 240 COMMUNITY CARE PROGRAM
SECTION 240.235 EMERGENCY HOME RESPONSE SERVICE
Section 240.235 Emergency Home Response Service
a) Service Definition
Emergency home response service (EHRS) is defined as a 24-hour emergency communication link to assistance outside the client's home based on the client's health and safety needs and mobility limitations. This service is provided by a 2‑way voice communication system consisting of a base unit and an activation device worn by the client that will automatically link the client to a professionally staffed support center. The support center assesses the situation and directs an appropriate response whenever this system is engaged by a client. The purpose of providing EHRS is to improve the independence and safety of clients in their own homes in accordance with the authorized plan of care, and thereby help reduce the need for nursing home care.
b) Specific components of EHRS shall include the following:
1) provide a base unit and, when necessary, adaptive activation devices, together with all connectors, parts and equipment necessary for installation, that can be used in a home by up to 2 clients with hearing, mobility and/or visual impairments.
A) Wireless adaptive activation devices (e.g., sip and puff, rocking lever switch, etc.) must be available when a client cannot physically activate the call button.
B) The system must be useable by visually and hearing impaired clients through visual and audible indications of alarm activation.
C) Adaptive activation devices shall be provided at no extra cost to the client;
2) deliver the activation device to the client and install the base unit, including connection of a seizure line jack, into a functioning telephone system in the client's home within 15 calendar days from the date of referral. This service shall not be subcontracted and shall be completed by trained employees identified by picture ID with an ID number that can be verified by the client;
3) train the client and his or her designated emergency responders on the proper use of the base unit and activation device at the time of installation. The training must include:
A) demonstration of use and maintenance of EHRS equipment;
B) explanation of the EHRS provider's services and response protocol;
C) information on the general care of the base unit and activation device;
D) instruction about the monthly testing of the base unit and how to transmit the test results to the support center; and
E) providing the client with easy to understand written instructions in the use of EHRS devices, including how to report a malfunction of the equipment. These instructions shall also be available in Braille or tape recorded to meet the client's needs;
4) assist the client in selecting and designating up to 3 local emergency responders, which must be updated by the EHRS provider at least every 6 months. Each responder shall receive both verbal and written instructions from the provider;
5) obtain client's/representative's signature to document that the EHRS unit was delivered and installed and that instructions and demonstration were given and understood. A copy of this receipt must be sent to the Case Coordination Unit;
6) own and operate a support center to provide live monitoring on a continuous basis, direct an appropriate response whenever the EHRS system is activated, and provide necessary technical support for fault conditions, including a language line that provides interpreter service for at least 140 languages and communication facilitated by a teletypewriter (TTY) communication device for the deaf, as appropriate;
7) own and operate a back-up support center that provides all components specified in subsection (b)(6) and operates on a separate power grid;
8) maintain adequate local staffing levels of qualified personnel to service necessary administrative activities, installation, in-home training, signal monitoring, technical support and repair requests in a timely manner. A provider agency must have a written training program for personnel and be able to demonstrate staff qualifications;
9) in the event of a malfunction, repair or replace the base unit or activation device within 24 hours after receiving the malfunction report;
10) alert the client when electric power to the base unit has been interrupted (e.g., unplugged) and the unit is operating on a standby power source;
11) notify the Case Coordination Unit within one business day after activation of the base unit and work with the appropriate case manager to resolve service complaints from the client or emergency responder;
12) notify the Case Coordination Unit immediately if EHRS services cannot be initiated or must be terminated; and
13) maintain records in accordance with Section 240.1542 relating to client referral and service statistics, including equipment delivery; device activation; client and responder training; signal monitoring and test transmission activity; equipment malfunction, repair and replacement; power interruption alerts; and notification of the Case Coordination Units, plus billing and payment information, and personnel matters.
c) Units of Service
1) One unit of installation service is the one-time fee to the provider agency for the activity associated with the installation of the base unit in the client's home.
2) One unit of monthly service is the fixed unit rate of reimbursement, per month, for the provider agency activity associated with providing EHRS to each client.
(Source: Added at 34 Ill. Reg. 3448, effective March 8, 2010)