Senior Care Glossary

Often times, Senior Care Processionals use many abbreviations, acronyms and words we are not familiar with that we don’t always know what they are talking about. Here are some helpful defenitions that can help. If you don’t find what you are looking for, please contact us and we’ll lend you a hand. We are happy to help.

A - Z Medical & Phycological Questions

The Mayo Clinic search bar is always a good place to start. If you are looking for answers to questions about medications, medical challenges and even pshycological issues, give this a try. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

Everyday activities that people normally can do without help. These include dressing, eating, bathing, toileting, transferring and continence. Healthcare providers use the ability of a person to complete these tasks as criteria for determining the level of care one needs. More https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Activities_of_daily_living#Basic_ADLs

Adult Day Care

These rograms designed to care for adults with physical or cognitive impairments. Usually, but not always, the programs are designed for seniors who for physical or cognitive reasons are not safe to leave home alone. These programs are often provided within existing assisted living communities or senior centers. Typically, these services are provided during normal business hours and which are normally open weekdays during business hours.

Advance Directive for Health Care

A document that says how you want medical decisions to be made if you lose the ability to make healthcare decisions for yourself. These documents can be different in each state. Find yours here. http://www.caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3289