Senior Living Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Tasks people perform every day, including bathing, toileting, dressing, grooming, and eating.
A licensed professional who manages the overall operations of a senior community.
Aging in Place
A concept that advocates allowing a resident to choose to remain in his/her living environment regardless of the physical and or mental decline that may occur with the aging process.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by loss of function and death of nerve cells in several areas of the brain. It involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.
Describes those who are able to move freely and who are not bedridden or hospitalized.
Friends and family members – spouses, children, grandchildren and other relatives – providing care to elders
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Trained and given certification to provide personal care services to residents under the supervision of a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse. Care services include dressing, bathing, transporting, changing linens, and other related activities
A senior housing community where a full range of living options are offered, accommodating residents as their needs evolve without requiring the inconvenience of moving.
Continuum of Care
Used to describe the degrees of service offered by a particular senior community. A continuum of care can range from independent living to full-time nursing care and include any and all stages in between.
Progressive neurological, cognitive, or medical disorder that affects memory, judgment, and cognitive powers.
Home Health Care
Medical care and living assistance provided in the home by a licensed professional.
Designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when an illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments, hospice addresses all symptoms of a disease, with a special emphasis on controlling pain and discomfort. Hospice also offers a variety of bereavement and counseling services to families. Hospice care can be provided at the community in the residents apartment, at the hospital or where ever the patient and/or family wishes.