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Michael Newman, Founder & CEO
Always Best Care Senior Services

 

Always Best Care Canada

 

 

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KEY DEFINITIONS HELP YOU

MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS

 

At Always Best Care Senior Services, we believe that an educated, informed consumer makes the best decisions.

 

Our objective is to help you make informed decisions about important health care issues and how they affect your daily life. Because we respect your right to make those decisions, our emphasis is on providing a variety of resources from a wide spectrum of viewpoints, not on simply presenting our own opinions.

 

We have collected a variety of terms and phrases that are typically associated with skilled nursing services, and we are pleased to present definitions for each of these to you. If you have any questions about these definitions, or about the activities, issues or places they describe, please contact the local Always Best Care office nearest you.

 

 

Select from the list below to view the definition

 

Acute Illness

Care Plan

Case Management

Charge Nurse

Diabetes

Director of Nursing (DON)

Home Health Care

Level of Care

Long-Term Care Insurance

Nurse Assistant

Nursing Home

Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

Primary Care Physician (PCP)

Registered Nurse

Rehabilitation

Senility

Visiting Nurse

   

 

Acute Illness

A serious illness such as a heart attack or stroke that develops rapidly with pronounced symptoms. The illness can be of short duration such as influenza.

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Care Plan

The detailed formulation of a program of action that addresses a consumer's need. 

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Case Management

A term used to describe formal services planned by care professionals.

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Charge Nurse

An RN or LPN who is responsible for the supervision of a unit within a nursing facility. The charge nurse schedules and supervises nursing staff and provides care to facility residents. 

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Diabetes

A disease that impairs the ability of the body to use sugar resulting in the loss of sugar through urine, and an increase of sugar levels in the blood.

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Director of Nursing (DON)

A DON oversees all nursing staff in a home health care environment, and is responsible for formulating nursing policies and monitoring the quality of care delivered, as well as the home health care agency's compliance with local authority and government regulations pertaining to nursing care.

 

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Home Health Care

Provision of medical and nursing services, occupational and rehabilitative therapies and other home health care services in the individual's home by a licensed provider.

 

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Level of Care

Refers to the outcome of an assessment designed to determine the most appropriate setting for the delivery of long-term care to an elderly person. 

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Long-Term Care Insurance

Privately issued insurance policy that covers the cost of nursing home care, assisted living, and home health care. Premiums are based on age, health, length of deductible period, amount paid, and duration of benefits.

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Nurse Assistant

A nurse assistant provides the most personal care to residents, including bathing, dressing, and toileting. Nurse assistants work under the supervision of a registered nurse.

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Nursing Home

Facility licensed by the state that provides 24-hour nursing care, room and board, and activities for convalescent residents and those with chronic and/or long-term care illnesses. One step below hospital acute care. Regular medical supervision and rehabilitation therapy are mandated to be available. May be referred to as nursing facility or convalescent home. See also Skilled Nursing Facility. Click here to learn more. 

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Occupational Therapy

Process to help individuals relearn activities of daily living, generally administered by an occupational therapist. Occupational therapists must be registered with the Health Professionals Council (HCPC), and have successfully completed a pre-registration programme leading to HCPC registration. 

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Physical Therapy

Process that includes individualised programs of exercise to improve physical mobility, often administered following a stroke, fall, or accident. Physical therapists plan and administer prescribed physical therapy treatment programs for residents to help restore their function and strength.

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Primary Care Physician (PCP)

The doctor who is consulted first when a health problem occurs and on whom the patient relies for advice, referrals, and ongoing care. 

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Registered Nurse

A graduate-trained nurse.  The RN plans for patient care by assessing patient needs, developing and monitoring care plans in conjunction with consultants, patients and patients’ families, as well as executing highly technical, skilled nursing treatments.   A minimum of two years of college is required.

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Rehabilitation

Therapeutic care for people requiring intensive physical, occupational or speech therapy.

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Senility

A term used to refer to the mental and physical deterioration of old age. Not a medical term. 

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Visiting Nurse

A trained professional nurse who visits patients in their homes to monitor vital signs, the physical condition, and carry out a physician's treatment plan. 

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