Refers to services provided to individuals who are unable to fully care for themselves due to a disability or functional limitation. These services can be provided informally by a family member or friend or more formally by a paid professional such as a home health aide, nurse or therapist.
More Common Terms
- Area Agency on Aging (AAA) A local agency that administers government funded programs for older adults.
- Discharge Planner A social worker or nurse who assists a patient with health care arrangements following a hospital stay.
- Respite Care Temporary or intermittent care for individuals with functional or cognitive impairments that provides relief to caregivers from the demands of ongoing care. This care can be provided in the home, in the assisted living community or residential care h...