A legal document, also referred to as a medical directive, that documents an individual's preferences regarding the manner in which they would like to receive health care, in the event they can no longer communicate such wishes directly. Living Wills, Health Care Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxy are examples.
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- Chronic disease A disease or condition that lasts over a long period of time and typically cannot be cured, often associated with a disability.
- Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRCs) A residential community that offers a continuum of care from private apartments to skilled nursing care at the same location. It is designed to meet changing needs while allowing residents to avoid relocating.
- Ambulatory Care Health services that are provided in an outpatient setting and do not require an overnight hospital stay.