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Long Term Care, Medical 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
    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
    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
  • LPN
    licensed practical nurse
  • LVN
    licensed vocational nurse
  • NP
    nurse practitioner
  • PCP
    primary care provider
  • RN
    registered nurse


  • AD
    Advanced Directive
  • ALZ
    Alzheimer’s Disease
  • CHF
    congestive heart failure
  • COPD
    chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • DLB
    Dementia with Lewy Bodies
  • DNR
    Do not resuscitate
  • DX
    medical shorthand for diagnosis
  • FTL
    Frontal Temporal Lobe Dementia
  • MCI
    Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • PD
    Parkinson’s Disease
  • POA
    Power of Attorney (one for healthcare, and one for financial)
"My mom was in a home that was not capable of taking care of her needs. With Laura by my side, I was able to find my mom the perfect place with memory care. She is truly a blessing."

 JM Wahlburg

Long Term Care, Medical Common Terms