Senior Strong Glossary

Accessibility - This is the ability of people with a disability to easily access, work, and participate fully in a facility without barriers.
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) - Basic ADLs can measure if someone needs assistance performing basic self-care tasks or not.
Acute Care - Care that is typically offered for a limited period to address a specific sickness or condition.
Adaptive Clothing - Clothing tailored for those with physical disabilities, the elderly, and the infirm who cannot dress themselves. See top adaptive clothing for women.
Adjustable Bed - A bed that features a multi-hinged lying surface that can be adjusted to a variety of configurations. See adjustable beds for seniors.
Admission - The date an individual has been admitted to a nursing home where Medicaid has paid a claim.
Advance Care Planning - The planning portion of treatment directives and appointment of a proxy decision-maker.
Aging In Place - Aging in place involves elders living in their home, often with the assisstance of caregivers or loved ones. See more about aging in place.
Alzheimer's Disease - A progressive, irreversible disease marked by brain cell deterioration and severe memory loss.
Area Agency on Aging - A local agency that coordinates various social and health care programs for senior citizens.
Assisted Living - A type of housing specifically built for those who require varying degrees of medical and personal care. See affordable assisted living facilities.
Assistive Devices - Elderly or people with disabilities can use these tools to accomplish vital job functions.
Bathroom Safety Products - Safety products that assist seniors in the bathroom, lower risk of falls, and help them be as independent as possible. See bathroom safety products for the elderly.
Bath Chairs - Chairs that serve to promote safety by providing a secure location in a slippery shower or bath. See bath chairs for elderly individuals.
Bath Lift - An assistive medical device that gently lifts or lowers a person into or out of a bath. See more about bath lifts for the elderly.
Bathtub - A long, typically rectangular container that an individual fills with water and use to bathe. See bathtubs for the elderly.
Bed Safety Rails - Safety rails used to keep patients or the elderly from slipping, sliding, falling, or rolling out of bed accidentally. See bed safety rails for the elderly.
Beneficiary - Someone who benefits from or is covered by an insurance policy or other health care financing.
Board Certified - Someone who benefits from or is covered by an insurance policy or other health care financing.
Canes - Also known as walking canes; one of various assistive devices available to aid in ambulation or walking. See the best canes for elderly individuals.
Caregiver - A person who supports and assists a family member, friend, or neighbor with various activities. See more about caregivers.
Caregiving - The act of meeting all of a dependent's needs, whether they are children or seniors. See caregiving for seniors.
Care Plan - A document detailing the nature and frequency of long-term care services for a client.
Chore Services - Services that assist with household duties such as repairs, yard work, and deep cleaning.
Chronic Disease - A condition that is permanent or is predicted to require long supervision, observation, or care.
Chronic Illness - Long-term or permanent illness that frequently results in incapacity or cannot do activities alone.
Chronically Ill or Sick - A patient unable to perform at least two ADLs without the assistance of another person.
Clinic - A facility, or a part of one, focused on outpatient diagnosis and treatment.
Cognitive Impairment - Decline or loss of intellectual capacity needing constant supervision of another person.
Companion Care - Care concerned with providing emotional support and companionship to seniors who are healthy and wish to stay at home. See more about companion care.
Continuing Care Retirement Community - Independent living, personal care/assisted living, and skilled nursing are all available in CCRCs.
Dementia - Refers to a group of diseases characterized by memory loss and cognitive impairment. See what dementia is for seniors.
Dental Plans - Often referred to as dental insurance; a type of health insurance that covers a portion of the costs of dental care. See best dental plans for seniors.
Disability - The restriction of an individual's regular physical, mental, and social activity.
Discharge - The process through which a patient is discharged from the care of a provider.
Durable Medical Equipment (DME) - DMEs are hospital beds, wheelchairs, oxygen systems, and prostheses used at home.
Estate Planning - The planning of actions that will assist an individual in managing their asset base in the case of incapacitation or death. See estate planning for seniors.
Exercise - Defined as physical activity that involves exercising the body through movement and elevating the heart rate. See best exercises for seniors.
Food Delivery - A service in which food is delivered to a customer by a store, restaurant, or independent food delivery company. See food delivery for seniors.
Grabber tool - A handheld mechanical instrument used to enhance the range of a person's reach when grabbing something. See the best grabber tools for elderly individuals.
Geriatrics - A medical speciality devoted to the treatment of senior health concerns.
Guardian - A conservator appointed by a court to make health care decisions on an individual's behalf.
Handicapped - An individual who has a physical or mental impairment limiting one or more major life activities.
Health Insurance - Financial protection against the expenditures of medical care caused by disease or an accident.
Hearing Aid - A battery-operated electronic device that is used to help the elderly or people with hearing disablities hear better. See the best hearing aids for seniors.
Hearing Loss - Loss of hearing is a prevalent issue that can be attributed to aging, disease, noise, or heredity. See how to help a loved one with hearing loss.
Homebound - A person who cannot leave their house or can only manage to go to a medical appointment.
Homemaker Services - These include meal preparation, light housework, personal hygiene, and laundry assistance.
Home and Community-Based Services - HCBS organizations provide services to assist clients age in place in their chosen community.
Home Care - It is where an individual offers either companionship, personal care, or skilled nursing capabilities in a client’s home. See what home care for seniors is.
Home Health Aide - It is where an individual offers either companionship, personal care, or skilled nursing capabilities in a client’s home. See what home care for seniors is.
Home Health Care - Home Health Care delivers short-term health care services to patients in their homes.
Home Security System - Security systems guard a home's access points using sensors that connect with a control panel or command center. See home security systems for the elderly.
Hospice - Hospice organizations offer end-of-life care to those terminally ill and who have less than 6 months to live.
Hospice Care - A form of health care that concentrates on relieving the pain and symptoms of terminally sick patients and meeting their emotional and spiritual needs.
Impairment - Any impairment or deviation in physiological, psychological, or anatomical function.
Independent Living Retirement Communities - Independent living is available in all non-subsidized retirement communities.
Incontinence - Lack of control over urination; urine leaks when coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising, or lifting something heavy. See incontinence among seniors.
Institutional Long-Term Care (ILTC) - Services offered by nursing facilities, ICFs/MRs, mental hospitals for adults over the age of 65.
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) - Tasks associated with household/independent living, such as housework and grocery shopping.
Intermediate Care - Occasional nursing and rehabilitation by a physician and monitored by medical personnel.
Jitterbug Smartphone - A smartphone that helps seniors contact their loved ones with a straightforward interface, voice typing, and video chat. See more about Jitterbug Smartphone for elderly.
Job Opportunity - Indicates a job vacancy for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment in the United States that can be referred to US workers. See best job opportunities for senior citizens.
Legal Services - Services made to assist the person in executing constitutional and legislatively enacted rights. See legal services for seniors.
Life Insurance - A contract between an insurance policyholder and an insurer, where the insurer agrees to pay a specified beneficiary upon the covered person's death. See best life insurance for seniors.
Medicaid - Provides health care to low-income adults, pregnant women, children, senior citizens, and those with disabilities.
Medical Alert Apps - These allow users to notify emergency contacts if they are in an emergency situation and want assistance. See best medical alert apps for seniors.
Medical Alert Systems - Alert systems enabling emergency monitoring inside and outside the home, ensuring the well-being of loved ones. See best medical alert systems for elderly.
Medical Benefits - Benefits involve all medical care necessary to maintain, promote, and restore a person's health. See more about medical benefits.
Medicare Benefits - Benefits that cover the cost of hospitalization in public hospitals and helps fund a variety of health services and medications. See more about Medicare benefits for seniors.
Memory Care Facility - Developed to provide a secure, regulated place with established routines for people with Alzheimer's or dementia. See best memory care facilities for seniors.
Mobility Equipment - Equipment that enable indviduals who have difficulty moving about to have increased freedom and independence. See top mobility equipment for elderly people.
Mobility Scooter - An electric scooter made for individuals with limited mobility, generally the elderly or crippled. See more about senior mobility scooters.
Nursing Home - Used by those who do not require hospitalization but cannot be cared for at home. See more about nursing home costs.
Overbed Tables - A platform for food trays that can also be used to store personal belongings such as computers, phones, or books. See overbed tables for the elderly.
Power Lift Recliner - An armchair that lifts and slants to assist elderly individuals get in and out of a seated position. See lift recliners for seniors.
Private Sitter - Also known as elderly caretaker; works directly with an elderly client or patient to assist them in any way necessary. See private sitter for the elderly.
Retirement Home - A house or apartment where an elderly resides, particularly one that is constructed specifically for the needs of elderly people. See best senior retirement homes.
Senior Discounts - Discounts offered to seniors along with other people, like clergy and military personnel, in recognition of their service. See more about senior discounts.
Senior Fare Card - A prepaid card that can be used to pay for mass transit fare; it can be printed on or magnetized. See the benefits of a senior fare card.
Senior Homes - Housing that is appropriate for an elderly population; it can be independent living or 24-hour care. See more about senior homes.
Social Security - Any government system that gives financial support to those who have insufficient or no income. See social security for seniors.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - SSDI is a program that provides monthly benefits to those under the age of 65 who have sufficient work credits and qualifying disability.
Strength Training - Training that comprises the execution of physical exercises aimed at increasing strength and endurance. See the best strength training for seniors.
Tai Chi - A Chinese internal martial art that is practiced for self-defense, health benefits, and meditation. See the benefits of Tai Chi for seniors.
Tinnitus - A term that refers to hearing sounds that originate within your body instead of from an external source. See more about Tinnitus.
Veteran Disability Compensation - Compensations to veterans who have disabilities from their service or who have been discharged honorably.
Vitamin B12 - It is a component in DNA synthesis and in the metabolism of both fatty acids and amino acids.
Walkers - A form of mobility device that assist seniors in their daily activities. There are choices available to meet every needs. See walkers for seniors.
Wheelchair - A wheeled chair designed as a mode of transport for those unable to walk due to injury, illness, or disability. See the best wheelchairs for seniors.
After years of living under the care of your parents and other family members, the time will arrive for you to reciprocate. At Senior Strong, you can show your loved ones just how much you value them.
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