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
Activities of Daily Living, including bathing, grooming, feeding, toileting, dressing, mobility assistance
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
long-term care, generally assisted living, memory care, or skilled nursing
independent living, no care, unlicensed, but may offer meals in common dining room, housekeeping, some transportation
assisted living, for people needing assistance with ADLs, med management, includes meals, laundry, housekeeping, some transportation to appointments, planned activities and excursions
memory care, services provided in assisted living with additional care and supervision for those with cognitive impairment, includes appropriate activities
continuing care retirement community, may require a buy in, usually offers all levels of care through end of life
skilled nursing facility, for those requiring medical services as part of their care plan; also used for post acute rehabilitation
Adult Protective Services
protects residents’ rights in assisted and memory care communities
certified dementia practitioner
certified nursing assistant
certified senior advisor
home health aide
licensed vocational nurse
licensed practical nurse
primary care provider
medical shorthand for diagnosis
Frontal Temporal Lobe Dementia
Dementia with Lewy Bodies
Mild Cognitive Impairment
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
congestive heart failure
Do not resuscitate
Power of Attorney (one for healthcare, and one for financial)
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