Nebraska Revised Statute 71-5903

Chapter 71 Section 5903


Terms, defined.

For purposes of the Assisted-Living Facility Act:

(1) Activities of daily living means transfer, ambulation, exercise, toileting, eating, self-administration of medication, and similar activities;

(2) Administrator means the operating officer of an assisted-living facility and includes a person with a title such as administrator, chief executive officer, manager, superintendent, director, or other similar designation;

(3) Assisted-living facility has the same meaning as in section 71-406;

(4) Authorized representative means (a) a person holding a durable power of attorney for health care, (b) a guardian, or (c) a person appointed by a court to manage the personal affairs of a resident of an assisted-living facility other than the facility;

(5) Chemical restraint means a psychopharmacologic drug that is used for discipline or convenience and is not required to treat medical symptoms;

(6) Complex nursing interventions means interventions which require nursing judgment to safely alter standard procedures in accordance with the needs of the resident, which require nursing judgment to determine how to proceed from one step to the next, or which require a multidimensional application of the nursing process. Complex nursing interventions does not include a nursing assessment;

(7) Department means the Department of Health and Human Services;

(8) Health maintenance activities means noncomplex interventions which can safely be performed according to exact directions, which do not require alteration of the standard procedure, and for which the results and resident responses are predictable;

(9) Personal care means bathing, hair care, nail care, shaving, dressing, oral care, and similar activities;

(10) Physical restraint means any manual method or physical or mechanical device, material, or equipment attached or adjacent to the resident's body that he or she cannot remove easily and that restricts freedom of movement or normal access to his or her own body; and

(11) Stable or predictable means that a resident's clinical and behavioral status and nursing care needs are determined to be (a) nonfluctuating and consistent or (b) fluctuating in an expected manner with planned interventions, including an expected deteriorating condition.