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Senior Care Terms to Know

My dad’s  Case Manager recommends “a short-term rehab stay to help my dad to be able to master ADLs, and then transitioning into a continuing care community that can allow for my dad to age in place, or an independent living community that also offers assisted living.”  Caring for an aging loved one is difficult […]
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My dad’s  Case Manager recommends “a short-term rehab stay to help my dad to be able to master ADLs, and then transitioning into a continuing care community that can allow for my dad to age in place, or an independent living community that also offers assisted living.” 

Caring for an aging loved one is difficult but often can feel more complex when talking to healthcare professionals. It can feel like the first time you entered a Starbucks and ordered a drink – a Venti? Grande? JUST GIVE ME A SMALL! 

We understand, and we have been there. So, we’ve created a list of commonly used senior care terms and their meaning below. 

ADLs- This term stands for Activities of Daily Living. The activities of daily living are those skills required to manage one’s basic physical needs, including personal hygiene or grooming, dressing, toileting, transferring or ambulating, and eating. (Source) 

Short-term RehabShort-term rehab is a type of inpatient care that provides 24/7 medical supervision and therapy for patients who need to recover from an illness, injury, or surgery. Doctors usually recommend this type of care when patients have been hospitalized due to a serious condition like a stroke or heart attack. They may also recommend this type of care if the patient has recently undergone a joint replacement or cardiac bypass surgery.

Continuing Care Community – A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is a senior living option that allows seniors to “age in place” or live in one location for as long as needed. These communities typically offer Independent and assisted living options, On-site healthcare services, and 24/7 access to doctors and nurses. A significant investment is required to be a part of a CCRC.  (Source)

Age In Place: According to the National Institute on Aging, “Many people want the same things as they get older: to stay in their own homes, to maintain independence for as long as possible, and to turn to family and friends for help when needed. Staying in your own home as you get older is called “aging in place.” (Source)

Independent Living Community: Independent Living Communities are best for individuals who still have physical ability but enjoy having access to assistance when needed. They provide residents with convenient access to dining, entertainment, and more. The independent living lifestyle offers residents a safe living environment but is not licensed for medical care. 

Assisted Living Community: Assisted living is for people who need help with daily care but not as much help as a rehab or a skilled nursing facility provides. Assisted living facilities offer various services, including meals, housekeeping, and social activities, and are licensed for medical care.

Skilled Nursing Facility (Pronounced SNIFF): These facilities are considered traditional “nursing homes.” Similar to a hospital setting, round-the-clock nursing care is accessible. The main focus is health care, not quality of life or amenities. Rooms are usually shared or semi-private. Most SNFs offer two types of care: Long-Term Care or Short Term Rehabilitation. 

Assisted Living with Memory Care (MC): This type of care feels like assisted living but is specifically for memory care needs—dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. It is a secure unit designed to avoid wandering or elopement and is safe for exit-seeking residents. Activities and programming are specific to memory care, meals, laundry, housekeeping, and transportation. The pricing is usually “all-inclusive” to include care.

Palliative Care: Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness, such as cancer or heart failure. Patients in palliative care may receive medical care for their symptoms and treatment to cure their serious illness. Palliative care is meant to enhance a person’s current care by focusing on the quality of life for them and their family.

Hospice Care: Hospice care focuses on the care, comfort, and quality of life of a person with a severe illness approaching the end of life. Like palliative care, hospice provides comprehensive comfort care as well as support for the family, but in hospice, attempts to cure the person’s illness are no longer given. (Source)

 

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