March 15, 2013 Leave a comment
Selecting a long term care provider is one of the most important and difficult decisions that you may be asked to make for a loved one. To make the best possible decision, you have understand some of the senior care industry speak.
Commonly used terms may be new or confusing. For example, Assisted Living offers housing, personal assistance, support services, and health care while focusing on autonomy, individual functioning, and maintaining personal dignity. However, this care/service can also be known as Residential Care, Board & Care, or Personal Care. In addition, it is also confused with Nursing Home Care.
Listed below are other terms you may come across when in the process of researching and choosing senior care.
Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s): Elements of an individual’s daily routine, including bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, and continence. There are also Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL’s). These include housekeeping, laundry, shopping, and preparation of meals.
Adult Daycare: Daytime rehabilitative services and social activities for someone living at home. Typically services are focused on the physically and/or mentally impaired elderly.
Ambulatory: Capable of demonstrating the mental competence and physical ability to leave a building (unassisted) in an emergency. For those not capable the term is Non-Ambulatory.
Care Management: The assessing, arranging, and overseeing an individual’s healthcare routine by a trained professional.
Discharge Planner: A staff member of a hospital or nursing home (often a licensed social worker) who develops a plan for the future care of a patient prior to the patient’s discharge.
Nursing Home: Medical facility for individuals who require skilled nursing care due to physical impairment, injuries, or chronic illness.
Respite Care: Long term care services provided on a temporary basis, usually to give a much needed break to the primary caregivers.
If you are told a term you do not understand then ask the person to explain what it means. The more you understand the better off you will be when it is time to make a decision. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call CarePatrol of Seattle at 206-799-5618.