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ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING – A person’s daily routine of basic functions, for example, bathing, dressing, eating, walking and other personal care activities.

ADULT DAY CARE – A day care service/setting that provides a social environment and activities to accommodate the needs of both the physically and mentally challenged elderly. This type of care can be scheduled on a daily, weekly or part-time basis.

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE – A condition which affects the brain and may result in loss of memory, mood swings, speech imbalance, confusion/hallucinations and incontinence. Advanced stages of this disease generally require 24-hour care. Dementia – brain disorders that obstruct and diminish cognitive performance such as memory, judgment, personality and social function.

ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY (ALF) – This lifestyle is a state licensed community offering assistance with daily living activities. These facilities have medical personnel assisting with medication, administration, dressing, bathing, and social activities. They normally have Levels of Care that offer a variety of extra services. The Levels of Care indicate an additional monthly fee from the base price.

CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY (CCRC) – This community is commonly called Life Care. This lifestyle has a campus consisting of Independent Living (I/L), Assisted Living (ALF), and Skilled Nursing (S/N). They typically offer the full selection of amenities associated with retirement living. A large endowment fee in addition to a monthly maintenance fee can be expected.

CUSTODIAL CARE – This is supervision and/or assistance of activities of daily life offered in the home environment. This typically is a 24-hour program for an individual who does not desire to live in a congregate home.

EXTENDED CONGREGATE CARE LICENSE (ECC) – Supplementary licensing available to assisted living facilities which permits them to render a larger range of services to their residents as their level of care expands, as long as the resident does not need skilled 24-hour nursing care.

GUARDIANSHIP – A formal, legal procedure in which the Circuit Court appoints an adult person (a Guardian) to exercise some or all of the legal rights and powers of another person (a Ward), after the Court has found that the Ward lacks the capacity to perform some or all of the tasks necessary to care for his or her person or property.

HOME HEALTH – this program is state licensed medical personnel offering professional services in the home environment. Home Health typically offers medication assistance, homemaking, bathing assistance and rehabilitation therapy.

HOSPICE – This is specialized care to lessen the physical and emotional discomfort of the terminally ill. These services are offered to caregivers and families, as well. Hospice can be offered in the home setting or at a hospice home.

MEDICAID – The health insurance program financed by Federal and State Governments for qualifying low income persons age 65 and over. Eligible individuals can receive payment of their Medicare deductibles, co-payments and nursing home care. Medicaid waiver allows for an individual to remain in an assisted living facility, who would otherwise require a nursing home setting. The program provides Medicaid reimbursement to the assisted living facility.

MEDICARE – This is the national healthcare insurance program for eligible people 65 and older and in some cases disabled individuals. Medicare Part A covers hospital costs while Part B cover’s physician bills and other medical expenses.

OMBUDSMAN COUNCIL – A senior advocate service that protects the rights of residents in assisted living facilities by researching complaints and resolving disputes by initiating corrective action.

OPTIONAL STATE SUPPLEMENT (OSS) – Financial assistance provided through Social Security Administration for people who require assisted living.

PERSONAL CARE FACILITY (P/C) – This community specializes in caring for the memory impaired resident. This Extended Care Community commands an additional license from the state as the medical personnel are trained for the special needs of dementia.

RESPITE CARE – The purpose pf respite care is to furnish the primary caregiver a short-term relief from their day-to-day responsibility. This care is available in or away from the home.

SENIOR HOUSING – Our senior housing facilities are a special kind of care designed to provide comfort and support to people who need that extra care. These facilities include pain and symptom management as well as physical care. Living in senior housing enables you to have the time you so richly deserve to enjoy precious freedom in a resort environment with the amenities of education and social activity, transportation, culture, health facilities, as well as nature's bountiful gifts. You will feel at home watching the sunset from a number of our senior housing locations. For more information on our senior housing facilities feel free to browse our consultant pages as they offer information about facilities for you or your loved ones.

SKILLED NURSING FACILITY (SNF) – These state-licensed long-term care facilities offer 24-hour medical care provided by registered nurses (RN), licensed practical nurses (LPN) and certified nurse assistant (CNA). They also are required to have a house physician. This facility cares for the very frail residents who are totally dependent on nursing care. This facility typically has a short-term rehabilitation unit for residents needing rehab between hospital and home.

Senior Living Guide Magazine, West Coast Florida Edition Senior Living Resource Magazine and www.SeniorLivingGuide.com continue to provide seniors and their loved ones a valuable resource for senior housing and services. Our extensive database gives users the opportunity to research and make contact with active adult and Retirement communities including CCRC's, assisted living and skilled nursing homes, Alzheimer's and dementia care facilities, home health care and companion services, as well as many differnet types of senior services.

 

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