Glossary - Home Health, Hospice, and Elder Care
anticipatory grief - the deep emotional distress that occurs when someone has a prolonged illness and death is expected often by the patient as well as the family. Anticipatory grief can be just as painful and stressful as the actual death of the person.
assisted living facility (ALF) - an out-of-home care option for elderly persons who continue to lead relatively active, healthy, and independent lives. Most ALFs feature apartment-style living and many services for the elderly.
bereavement - to be in a sad or lonely state due to a loss or death.
caregiver - someone who provides assistance, generally in the home environment, to an aging parent, spouse, other relative, or unrelated person, or to an ill or disabled person of any age. A caregiver can be a family member, friend, volunteer, or paid professional.
CHAMPUS - The Civilian Health and Medical Program for Uniformed Services.
elder care - a relatively new and growing area of health care concerned with providing medical and other services for the rapidly growing, aging population (most often persons 65 and older).
hospice - literal meaning "a place of shelter." Today it refers to supportive care of a terminally ill patient.
infusion therapy (Also called intravenous therapy.) - the introduction of fluid other than blood into a vein.
Medicaid - Federally and state-funded health care program for low-income individuals.
Medicare - Federally funded health care program for individuals over age 65.
ostomy - an artificial opening into the urinary or gastrointestinal tract or the trachea (windpipe).
residential care facility (RCF) - an out-of-home care option for elderly persons who are no longer able to live alone and independently, but do not require skilled nursing care. RCFs typically provide assistance with personal hygiene, grooming, and other activities of daily living, as well as recreational and social services.
skilled nursing facility (SNF) - an out-of-home care option for elderly persons who require continuous nursing care. SNFs can provide extensive care services, such as intravenous feedings, blood pressure monitoring, medication injections, and care for patients on ventilators.
x-rays - electromagnetic energy used to produce images of bones and organs onto film.
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