Health & Safety Code Section 317.001
(1)“Aftercare” means assistance provided by a designated caregiver to a person after that person’s discharge from a hospital, as described by this chapter. The term includes assistance with tasks that are related to the person’s condition at the time of that person’s discharge from a hospital but does not include those tasks required to be performed by a licensed health care professional.
(2)“Designated caregiver” means an individual designated by a patient, including a relative, partner, friend, or neighbor, who:
(A)is at least 18 years of age;
(B)has a significant relationship with the patient; and
(C)will provide aftercare to the patient.
(3)“Discharge” means a patient’s release from a hospital following an inpatient admission.
(4)“Hospital” means a general or special hospital licensed under Chapter 241 (Hospitals) or exempt from licensure under Section 241.004 (Exemptions)(3).
(5)“Patient” means a person that is receiving or has received health care services at a hospital.
(6)“Surrogate decision-maker” has the meaning assigned by Section 313.002 (Definitions).
Section 317.001 — Definitions,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.317.htm#317.001 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).