Activities of Daily Living
Six categories of basic skills: eating, bathing, dressing, continence, toileting, transferring
Assisted Living Facility
A housing facility designed for those who need extra help in their day-to-day lives but who do not require 24-hour skilled nursing care
An extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create secondary traumatic stress for the helper
Formal caregiver or home health aide
A paid caregiver who provides in-home personal care for patients who need assistance for a variety of reasons including illness, advanced age, disability, or cognitive impairment.
Informal or Family Caregiver
Any relative, partner, friend or neighbor who has a significant personal relationship with, and provides a broad range of assistance for, an older person or an adult with a chronic or disabling condition.
A level of care in which the patient has healthcare issues but, with the assistance of family members, friends and others, the patient can continue to reside safely in their own home
Independent Care (Congregate Housing or Retirement Living)
A community for seniors who are mentally and physically active, able to care for themselves and want to have their own homes but as part of a community
Designed to provide temporary relief for those who have the responsibility of caring for a senior family member