Senior Care Authority

Common Terms

Linda Cale, CSA®

2131 Woodruff Rd, Suite 2100 #361 - Greenville, SC 29607

Common Terms

We have compiled this list of acronyms and terms you might encounter to help you understand and simplify the shorthand that is often used. It’s always acceptable and a good idea to ask questions if something doesn’t make sense to you!

Long Term Care Services

ADL
Activities of Daily Living, including bathing, grooming, feeding, toileting, dressing, mobility assistance
IADL
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, related primarily to independent living, include cooking, driving or use of public transportation, managing medication, housework and others
AID and ATTENDANCE
Common financial benefit for eligible Veterans to be used for care needs
LTC
long-term care, generally assisted living, memory care, or skilled nursing
IL
independent living, no care, unlicensed, but may offer meals in common dining room, housekeeping, some transportation
AL
assisted living, for people needing assistance with ADLs, med management, includes meals, laundry, housekeeping, some transportation to appointments, planned activities and excursions
MC
memory care, services provided in assisted living with additional care and supervision for those with cognitive impairment, includes appropriate activities
CCRC
continuing care retirement community, may require a buy in, usually offers all levels of care through end of life
SNF
skilled nursing facility, for those requiring medical services as part of their care plan; also used for post acute rehabilitation
APS
Adult Protective Services
OMBUDSMEN
protects residents’ rights in assisted and memory care communities

Service Providers

CDP
certified dementia practitioner
CNA
certified nursing assistant
CSA
certified senior advisor
HHA
home health aide
LVN
licensed vocational nurse
LPN
licensed practical nurse
RN
registered nurse
NP
nurse practitioner
PCP
primary care provider

Medical

DX
medical shorthand for diagnosis
ALZ
Alzheimer’s Disease
PD
Parkinson’s Disease
FTL
Frontal Temporal Lobe Dementia
DLB
Dementia with Lewy Bodies
MCI
Mild Cognitive Impairment
COPD
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CHF
congestive heart failure
DNR
Do not resuscitate
AD
Advanced Directive
POA
Power of Attorney (one for healthcare, and one for financial)
"Working with Senior Care Authority Carolinas was awesome! They made the process of finding and choosing a community faster and easier. I would recommend using them."

Valerie C. / Hendersonville, NC

Grandpa and Grandson
Couple at Lake

"We have been dealing with a loved one who was suffering from a very aggressive form of dementia and knew the time was upon us to start looking for a place where our loved one could be cared for around the clock. We have had the pleasure of knowing Linda for many years and when we learned that she was now working with families who needed help in finding the "right fit" we were of course very comfortable in allowing Linda to assist us in making a tough situation so much more tolerable. Linds spent time really understanding what our needs were and worked hard to find the right environment that met those needs. Whether it was the communities survey history, longevity of staff, activities, transportation, room layout or just the financial investment, Linda was so diligent in making sure we were making the best choice we could. We are convinced that Linda's involvement helped us find the best place for our loved one's care. I really don't know what we would have done if Linda hadn't been there to guide us along the way. We hole heartedly thank her and would highly recommend her services to anyone in a similar situation. She made the difficult bearable."

- P. Shaw

"I knew nothing about finding an assisted living facility for my dad before I met Linda. She was professional, knowledgeable, educational, and most importantly caring. We looked at 4 different places that all met the criteria. Together we selected the best one. Days after selection, my dad was informed he needed to move from his current skilled care facility to someplace else. Insurance said so. There are no family members within an 8 hour drive of my dad and Linda facilitated the move on her own. She even made arrangements for temporary furniture until family could return. Never in my adult life have I experienced such genuine care from a service provider. Linda is by far the best."

- MARK CHEBEN

SCA in Greenville went beyond in such ways as meeting with my Mom for comfort, arranging for other care and even moving.

- B. Shelton
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