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Making the move to a retirement community often involves a significant learning curve. When approaching the idea of retirement living for the first time, you may encounter a myriad of terms that they you are unfamiliar with. To help you better understand your potential transition, we have compiled a glossary of terms that highlight some of the frequently used phrases, medical terms, and abbreviations that are used in our industry.

ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING (ADL)
Everyday functions of typical human life, including but not limited to bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding, walking, and toileting.

ASSISTED LIVING (AL)
System combination of housing and care services designed for the elderly population. Assisted Living can combine any range of services that involves hands on care assistance, or supervision centered on need based services involving one or more activities of daily living (ADL’s).

DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE SERVICE (DMAS)
The Agency that administers Medicaid in the state of Virginia.

HOME HEALTH CARE
A wide range of health care services that are available to individuals at their place of residence that suffer from injury or illness. The goal of home health care services is to help individuals get better. These services are meant to be temporary and are not designed to be prolonged over time.

HOSPICE
Agencies throughout the United States that specialize in the coordination and care of individuals that are sick, especially the terminally ill and their families.

INDEPENDENT LIVING (IL)
The setting in a retirement community that is made up of individuals who are generally 55 years of age and older that function independently without any hands on care services.

MEDICAID
A combined federal and state program that assists low income individuals or families with different costs associated with medical or supervisory care. Medicaid is a program that requires qualification, and is federally developed but run by each individual state, where guidelines for qualification and distribution of services vary.

MEDICARE
A federal health insurance program that is managed through the direction of the Social Security Administration. Medicare can assist in providing health care for the elderly population.

MEMORY CARE (MC)
Memory Care is a specialized form of Assisted Living that caters to individuals that suffer from Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or cognitive impairment relating to memory loss.

REHAB
An inpatient stay or outpatient series of physical, occupation, speech, or related therapy designed to help seniors regain their physical strength and/or independence, usually following a significant medical procedure, diagnosis, or episode.

RESPITE
A short term stay or accommodation in a community or facility outside of the home where a loved one may be placed temporarily. In a retirement setting, respite is often utilized when the primary caregivers of an individual need temporary relief, or have additional obligations and need oversight and temporary care for the individuals they are looking after while their attention is focused elsewhere.

SKILLED NURSING FACILITY (SNF)
An inpatient facility setting equip with staff and machinery necessary to perform skilled care, rehabilitation or other health related services for individuals who are in need of nursing services or care, but do not meet the requirements for hospitalization.