Glossary of Terms

Assisted Living

Assisted Living refers to licensed providers of medical, emotional, and practical support services, which are accessible on a 24/7 basis and provided within a specific setting. While they come in all shapes and sizes, Assisted Living facilities provide a greater measure of privacy, personalized care, and an emphasis on independence than many other senior care options.

Skilled Nursing

Skilled Nursing provides 24-hour care for individuals who need services performed by, or under the supervision of, a Registered Nurse. Advanced medical needs that require skilled nursing can include services such as severe wound care, disease management, acute medical monitoring, and critical respiratory care.

Nursing Home

Often used interchangeably with “Skilled Nursing Facility,” a nursing home refers to facilities that offer 24/7 nursing care, room and board, and activities for seniors who require significant medical support in addition to assistance with various activities of daily living. Nursing homes primarily focus on chronic or long-term illness management and services.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) are senior living communities that provide various housing and support services to a wide range of residents. The continuum refers to the capability and capacity of the community to arrange and/or provide for various levels of care and support services to the residents of that specific community.

Activity of Daily Living (ADL)

Any action carried out on a daily basis, usually related to self-care, is considered an Activity of Daily Living. This includes items such as bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, etc.

Home Health Care (Home Care)

This is assistance you receive while staying in your own home. Home Care typically includes activities such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry services. They may also include specific health care activities if licensed and authorized

Aging in Place

The philosophy that encourages individuals to remain in his or her home regardless of changing physical or mental care and support needs that typically result as a part of the aging process.

Universal Caregiver

This is an industry-specific staffing model in which an employee is trained and empowered to provide a comprehensive scope of direct care and various ancillary and general support services to a small group of residents during a specific period of time. In other words, the same Caregiver who wakes you up in the morning and helps you dress will also be responsible for leading and engaging you in an activity, serving your meal, providing various housekeeping and laundry support and escorting you to a local doctor’s appointment. By providing our Caregivers the opportunity to interact with our residents throughout the day and in various settings, we can provide a more accurate update regarding your daily progress or status, and quickly note if there are any considerable changes in your well-being from one day to the next.

Person-Centered Care

A Person-Centered Care philosophy places the resident at the center of the decision making process regarding the general scope and timing of applicable care and support services recommended by your doctor and our clinical team can be provided in order to support the maintenance of your general health and well-being.
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