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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 in-home care, and we are pleased to present definitions for each of these to you. If you have any questions about these definitions, or the activities, issues or places they describe, please contact your local Always Best Care office.

 

Select from the list below to view the definition

 

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

Acute Illness

Adaptive Devices

Aging in Place

Ambulatory

Assessment

Carer

Care Plan

Case Management

Home Delivered Meals

Home Health Care

Home Support

Homemaker/Home Health Aid Service

 

Hospice

Hospice Care

Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)

Level of Care

Long-Term Care

Long-Term Care Insurance

Non-Ambulatory

Occupational Therapy

Personal Support Worker

Primary Carer

Private Geriatric Care Managers

Quality Care

Respite Care

 
 
 

 Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

Everyday activities such as (bathing, grooming, eating, toileting, and dressing).

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 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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 Adaptive Devices

A variety of devices that are used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals, providing the assistance needed to stay at home. These devices may help with vision, hearing, mobility, communication, or other needs, and include wheelchairs, walkers, touch-sensitive light switches, phone amplifiers, stair lifts, chairs with lifts, and computers. May also be know as Assistive Technology.

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 Aging in Place

Concept that advocates allowing a resident to choose to remain in his/her living environment despite the physical and/or mental decline that may occur with the process of aging.

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 Ambulatory

Describes the ability to ambulate, walk around, not bedridden or unable to walk.

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 Assessment

A process used by care managers to gather information about an individual to determine his or her functional needs and/or eligibility for services. Information collected may include health status, financial status, ability to perform activities of daily living, mental status, etc.

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 Carer 

The primary person in charge of caring for an individual with care needs, usually a family member or a designated health care professional.

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 Care Plan

The detailed formulation of a plan of action that addresses a client's needs.

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 Case Management

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

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 Home Delivered Meals

Hot and nutritious meals delivered to homebound people who are unable to prepare their own meals and have no outside assistance.

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 Home Health Care

Provision of medical and nursing services in the individual's home by a licensed professional, including registered nurses, occupational and physical therapists, and others.

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 Home Support

Home support services help support the client's independence in his or her own home. Home support services are non-medical in nature and include meal preparation/ delivery, homemaking, home maintenance, transportation, security checks and friendly visiting, among others.

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 Homemaker/Home Health Aid Service

A trained person, working under supervision, providing personal care, household cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, laundry, transportation, for an elderly or disabled person.

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 Hospice

Usually a combination of domiciliary and hospital care of the terminally ill that combines medical and social services. It is designed to help both the patient and the family. Hospice care emphasizes pain control, symptom management, and emotional support rather than the use of life-sustaining equipment.

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 Hospice Care

Care and comfort measures provided to those with a terminal illness and their families. It can include medical, counseling, and social services. Most hospice care is furnished in-home, while specialized hospices or hospitals also provide this service.

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 Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)

Day-to-day tasks such as preparing meals, shopping, managing money, taking medication, and housekeeping.

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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

Provision of services to people of any age who are afflicted with chronic health impairments.

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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. Currently accounts for only two percent of payments to national nursing home costs.

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 Non-Ambulatory

Inability to ambulate, walk around, and usually bedridden or hospitalised.

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 Occupational Therapy

Process to help individuals relearn activities of daily living, generally administered by qualified practioners.

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Personal Support Worker

A personal support worker (PSW) is a health worker that provides care to those who are not fully able to care for themselves. This includes seniors, individuals with physical disabilities and with mental disabilities, amongst others.

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 Primary Carer

The individual who has the main responsibility for helping an older person. This individual usually is the one who makes decisions and organizes care and services.

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 Private Geriatric Care Managers

Specially trained in geriatric care management, geriatric care managers provide case management services on a fee-for-service basis to individual clients.

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 Quality Care

Care and services that allow recipients to attain and maintain their highest level of mental, physical, and psychological function, in a dignified and caring way.

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 Respite Care

Temporary relief from duties for caregivers, ranging from several hours to days. May be provided in-home or in a residential care setting such as an assisted living facility or nursing home.

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