Glossary

Who We Are

Glossary

A

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

Activities usually performed for oneself in the course of a normal day including bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, walking, using the telephone, taking medications, and other personal care activities.

B

Bereavement

A sad or lonely state due to a loss or death.

C

Caregiver

Someone who provides assistance, generally in the home environment, to an aging parent, spouse, other relative, unrelated person.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Responsible for basic care services such as bathing, grooming, feeding, assisting nurses with medical equipment, and checking vital signs.

Chronic

A disease that is long-lasting and reoccurring.

Chronic disease management

A broad term for improving care for people with chronic disease.

Custodial care

Non-medical care assisting with ADLs. Similar to companion care.

D

Durable Medical Equipment

Equipment such as respirators, wheelchairs, walkers, catheters that are provided by medical equipment and supplies companies.

E

Elder care

Provides medical and other services to the rapidly growing, aging population (over 65).

G

Geriatric care

Care for aged or older individuals.

H

Home health nurse

A nurse who works in a home care environment. This includes RNs and LPNs.

Home healthcare

Intermittent, short-term skilled medical care in the home for patients recovering from injury, surgery, or who suffer with a chronic condition.

Home healthcare agency

Provides home healthcare to individuals by matching a home healthcare professional with a patient in need of home healthcare.

Home modification

Adaptation and/or renovation to the living environment intended to increase ease of use, safety, security and independence. there are some local, state, federal and volunteer programs that provide special grants, loans and other assistance for home remodeling, repair and modification.

Homemaker service

Homemaker service is extended to individuals who are unable to perform day-to-day household duties and have no one available to assist them. Services include light housekeeping, laundry, limited personal care, grocery shopping, meal preparation, and shopping assistance.

Hospice

The term means “a place of shelter.” Hospice is care for the terminally ill that focuses on pain and symptom control, and quality of life.

Hospice health aide

A trained professional who provides non-medical health services including personal care and assistance with ADLs.

I

Intermittent care

Intermittent care occurs when an individual is in need of infrequent medical assistance, often a couple of hours a day and a few days a week.

L

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

These nurses can do both non-medical and some medical care, including wound care, vital sign measurements, patient record-keeping, and medication administration.

M

Medicaid

Federally and state-funded healthcare program for low-income individuals.

Medicare

Federally funded healthcare program for individuals over age 65.

Medication Management

Monitoring medications a patient takes to confirm compliance with a medication regimen.

O

Occupational Therapist (OT)

Assists individuals living with mental, physical, and/or developmental disabilities and help them perform daily tasks.

P

Palliative Care

A transitional care alternative for terminally ill patients not yet ready to embrace hospice. Emphasis is on pain control and quality of life.

Physical Therapist (PT)

Works to restore the mobility and strength of patients who are limited or disabled by physical injuries through the use of exercise, massage, and other methods.

R

Registered Nurse (RN)

A nurse who has graduated from a nursing program at a college or university and has passed a national licensing exam.

Residential Care Facility (RCF)

An out-of-home care option for elderly persons who are no longer able to live alone and independently, but do not require skilled nursing care.

S

Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)

An out-of-home care option for elderly persons who require continuous nursing care.

Speech Therapists

Work to develop and restore the speech of individuals with communication disorders; often resulting from traumas such as surgery or stroke.

State Agencies on Aging (AOA)

The Older Americans Act mandates that each state have a state agency on aging which is part of state government. The State Agency on Aging is the designated focal point within the state government responsible for administering a complex service system designed to complement and support other human service systems in meeting the needs of the elderly.

Viewport: