Senior Care Authority

Common Terms

Area Owners: Mike Kearney and Dave Schanz, Local Senior Advisor Local Senior Advisors

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)
I would absolutely recommend Senior Care Authority. I knew that placing my mom in assisted living would be difficult and stressful. I knew nothing of the facilities in our community and knew the search would be time consuming and scary. Mike listened carefully to our needs, set up and accompanied us to the places we visited and helped us ask the right questions to properly assess each place. He made a very tough process so much easier. My mother is now in a very nice facility and we have peace of mind. I can't imagine going through this without his help. Thanks Mike!

Cheri D

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"Mike, Thank you for all of your help easing my mind with the speed that things progressed with car of my mom."

- Donna C.

"Dave helped our family immensely. We had a lot of curveballs thrown at us. Dave provided clear and calm advice and got us to where we needed to be in the end."

- Lori D.

"Our family had a wonderful experience dealing with Senior Care Authority. They were very knowledgeable and supplied us with all the information we needed. The process can be very challenging but David did all the leg work and helped us every step of the way."

- Patty H.

"Mike, Thank you for your message. Mom has become comfortable at the Village at Mill Landing. We are both so thankful that you were able to help get us there! For the last two months, I have been able to get her out to attend services at her church. After Mass, we go to lunch at Schallers or Bill Grays. She enjoys doing that and looks forward to those excursions. At Thanksgiving, I was able to take her to our son's house in Brighton for the afternoon. Thanks again for all that you did for us. We really appreciate you help."

- Jim P Constant

“Hello Mike, In a time when there is high stress, and an inability to process all the work necessary to facilitate my mom‘s care from rehab to assisted living, an angel was sent to me to help organize and expedite the transition. I can’t say enough good things about Linda Peter. Without having a manual of how things work, she took the lead with contacting and scheduling assisted living tours, helped me ask the right questions, and also took the time to listen to my concerns. During that same week, when I was paralyzed with anxiety, regarding the next steps, she reached out to me to help process the long-term care claim. This, without a doubt, relieved a majority of my anxiety, as I am not familiar with policies and authorizations. Linda continues to reach out to me and advised me to contact her with any questions. Linda is definitely an asset to your organization, and I am so thankful for her calming approach, and the help provided to me.”

- Diane A

"Our family had a wonderful experience dealing with David and Senior Care Authority. They were very knowledgeable and supplied us with all the information we needed. The process can be very challenging but David did all the leg work and helped us every step of the way. I would highly recommend Senior Care Authority."

- Patty H. Survey
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