Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
Everyday activities such as (bathing, grooming, eating, toileting, and dressing).
A serious illness such as a heart attack or stroke that develops rapidly with pronounced symptoms. The illness can be of short duration such as influenza.
A variety of devices that are used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals, providing the assistance needed to stay at home. These devices may help with vision, hearing, mobility, communication, or other needs, and include wheelchairs, walkers, touch-sensitive light switches, phone amplifiers, stair lifts, chairs with lifts, and computers. May also be know as Assistive Technology.
Aging in Place
Concept that advocates allowing a resident to choose to remain in his/her living environment despite the physical and/or mental decline that may occur with the process of aging.
Describes the ability to ambulate, walk around, not bedridden or unable to walk.
A process used by care managers to gather information about an individual to determine his or her functional needs and/or eligibility for services. Information collected may include health status, financial status, ability to perform activities of daily living, mental status, etc.
The primary person in charge of caring for an individual with care needs, usually a family member or a designated health care professional.
The detailed formulation of a plan of action that addresses a client’s needs.
A term used to describe formal services planned by care professionals.
Children of Aging Parents (CAPS)
Children of Aging Parents is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to assist the nation’s caregivers of the elderly or chronically ill with reliable information, referrals, and support. CAPS strive to heighten public awareness that the health of the family caregiver is essential to ensure quality care of the nation’s growing elderly population.
Chore services are semi-skilled home repairs and maintenance tasks performed to enhance the health and safety of the individual in the home. These services are provide through the local Area Agency on Aging, volunteer programs, or youth groups to help older people live safely and comfortably in their own homes.
Geriatric Social Worker
A licensed professional whose expertise enables him/her to assist the elderly and their family to understand and cope with the social, emotional, and psychological aspects of aging. The social worker may assist the individual/family to access services, and then assist them to use the resources effectively.