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.
More Common Terms
- Care Manager A professional who coordinates appropriate social and medical services for those that are not able to fully care for themselves due to a disability or functional limitation. May also be referred to as a Case Manager. Often a nurse or social worker.
- Dementia Dementia is a syndrome of progressive decline that causes memory problems and disorientation. Alzheimer's disease is the majority of all cases of irreversable dementia.
- Elder Abuse The situation where an older adult has been abused, neglected or exploited.