Tex. Health & Safety Code Section 317.001

In this chapter:


“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.


“Designated caregiver” means an individual designated by a patient, including a relative, partner, friend, or neighbor, who:


is at least 18 years of age;


has a significant relationship with the patient; and


will provide aftercare to the patient.


“Discharge” means a patient’s release from a hospital following an inpatient admission.


“Hospital” means a general or special hospital licensed under Chapter 241 (Hospitals) or exempt from licensure under Section 241.004 (Exemptions)(3).


“Patient” means a person that is receiving or has received health care services at a hospital.


“Surrogate decision-maker” has the meaning assigned by Section 313.002 (Definitions).
Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 163 (H.B. 2425), Sec. 1, eff. May 26, 2017.

Source: Section 317.001 — Definitions, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.­317.­htm#317.­001 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).

Dec. 2, 2023

§ 317.001’s source at texas​.gov