Housing for the elderly, the elderly and the elderly can open up a whole new world for families. There are different levels of care depending on your loved one`s needs, and different options depending on a senior`s health, age and financial status. This glossary of the “Senior Living Terms” aims to give you a clear understanding of the commonly used concepts that might arise during your search for seniors` housing and care. Find out how the living conditions of older adults have changed over the years and read the glossary below for a definition of each term. 65.7 million caregivers represent 29% of the adult population in the United States who care for someone who is sick, disabled or older. The word “caregiver” refers to the primary person responsible for the care of a person with special needs, usually associated with Alzheimer`s disease. This person is usually a family member or designated health professional. Care Home A state-licensed facility that provides 24-hour care, rooms and meals, as well as activities for convalescent residents and people with chronic and/or long-term illnesses. One step below the hospital emergency room. Regular medical care and rehabilitation therapy are mandatory for the provision of patient homes and nursing homes are allowed to participate in the Medicaid program. Can be called a nursing home or convalescent home. See also the specialized care facility. Accreditation A quality label issued by an autonomous governing body to a community or service provider.

To be accredited, the community or supplier must meet certain requirements set by the accreditation body and is generally required to undergo a thorough verification process by a team of reviewers to ensure certain quality standards. Accrediting bodies are independent, not government agencies or regulators. Long-term care insurance (TMS), which pays for a number of care services for the elderly or chronically ill, are examples of accreditation bodies for the housing and aged care sector. This care can be provided in a community or at home with a nurse or caregiver. Permanent power determines each competent adult to see a person`s affairs if they become incapable of acting mentally or physically. It is imperative to keep good, clear records on such agreements and recommended that you have a draft lawyer of any permanent power of attorney.