A legal document that describes individuals' wishes and preferences about lifesaving medical treatments should they not be able to communicate their wishes directly.
More Common Terms
- Discharge Planner A social worker or nurse who assists a patient with health care arrangements following a hospital stay.
- Area Agency on Aging (AAA) A local agency that administers government funded programs for older adults.
- Age Restricted Communities A housing area or development, often gated, that restricts ownership and residency to individuals who are over a set age. These communities are set up to accommodate older adults.