Senior Care Authority

Common Terms

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


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)
Grandpa and Grandson
Couple at Lake

“Lisa truly cares about the senior community in Richmond. Thank you for everything you did for our family!”

- Susan W.

“At a time of great stress and unknowns, Lisa was a tremendous resource to our family and we encourage those looking into senior living arrangements, to reach out to her—you won’t be disappointed.”

- Amy C.

“I have had the best hands on and personal service that one can ask for. There was no pressure, our needs were heard and met, and now we can breathe again.”

- Angie H.
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