Care or Case Manager
A nurse, social worker, or other healthcare professional who plans and coordinates services for an individual’s care. This person usually works for an agency or care setting. (Also see Geriatric Care Manager.)
Many people use the term of care partner for any caregiving situation. We feel that you can use whatever term makes you comfortable and is right for you. My story is that for many years we were care partners with my Mom. We received love and care and help from her and she received the same from us. And slowly it was more and more about care for her and nothing back from her. Sure we received smiles and laughter. But at that point we were doing all the care and didn’t feel a partnership. It felt like we were caregivers. I feel you are genuinely care partner in the beginning and then you be you.
A detailed written plan that describes what is needed for an individual’s care and provided by a range of health professionals, including nurses, therapists, social workers, nursing or personal assistants. For those living at home, a good care plan should also list the caregiving activities that family members are able to do, need help learning how to do, and will be doing. “I” Care Plans are written in the first person, as if the person receiving care wrote it her- or himself, and express the desires of the individual for her or his care. Care plans can describe the risks that an individual is prepared to take in exercising his or her autonomous self-determination and choice. Creating the care plan should involve an interdisciplinary team of the care recipient, caregivers, including the nursing assistant, as well as the family as appropriate.
A caregiver is a spouse, family member, partner, friend, or neighbor who helps care for an elder or person with a disability who needs assistance.
Assistance for families in assessing the needs of older adults and making arrangements for services to help the older adult remain as independent as possible.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
With a budget of approximately $650 billion and serving approximately 90 million beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plays a key role in the overall direction of the healthcare system. With regard to long-term care, CMS is responsible for regulating and paying nursing homes, home health agencies, and hospices for the care of Medicare and Medicaid (in conjunction with the states) beneficiaries.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
A person trained and certified to assist individuals with non-clinical tasks such as eating, walking, and personal care. (See
definitions for Personal Care and ADLs.) This person may be called a “direct care worker” (DCW). In a hospital or nursing home the person may be called a nursing assistant, a personal care assistant, or an aide.
Mrs. D did not want to come out for breakfast, so you bring it into her room and she seems
happy. You checkback with her and get her plates and make sure she is doing okay.
A family member is visiting and asks if it is okay for her to go in the kitchen and get her Mom a
snack. You have your arms full of towels and tell her, “ Of course, go right ahead.” After you put
the towels away you checkback with her and make sure she found everything she needed.
Citizen Advocacy Group (CAG)
A CAG is a state or regional nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of long-term care. Members of a CAG may include long-term care recipients, their families and friends, citizen advocates, long-term care ombudsmen, and organizations subscribing to the CAG’s purpose.
Clinical trials are research studies conducted in people to determine whether treatments are safe and effective. Clinical trials are the best way for researchers to find new ways to detect, slow, treat and hopefully someday prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
The process of knowing; of being aware of thoughts. The ability to reason and understand.
of, relating to, being, or involving conscious intellectual activity (such as thinking, reasoning, or
A diminished mental capacity, such as difficulty with short-term memory. Problems that affect how clearly a person thinks, learns new tasks, and remembers events that just happened or happened a long time ago. Problems that affect cognition. (See definition of cognition.)
General agreement. Group solidarity in belief. (Dictionary.com)
Residents receive care from the same caregivers (registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, direct care worker/certified nursing assistant) during a typical work week. Consistent assignments give the caregiver and resident the opportunity to build a close relationship, allowing the caregiver to gain a deep understanding of the resident and allowing the resident to develop a true level of comfort and trust with the caregiver.
Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
A housing option that offers a range of services and levels of care. Residents may move first into an independent living unit, a private apartment or a house on the CCRC campus. The CCRC provides social and housing-related services and might have an assisted living residence and a nursing home, often called the health care center, on the campus. If and when residents can no longer live independently in their apartment or house, they move into assisted living (unless it is provided in their apartment or house) or the nursing home.
Dementia associated with impairment of the part of the brain that affects memory, attention, reasoning and abstract thinking, and arising from disease of the cerebral cortex.
A rare disorder caused by prions that typically leads to rapid decline in memory and cognition. Most people with this disease die within one year of onset.
Points from that module for you to print out and remember when you are working
The process of providing cues, prompts, hints and other meaningful information, direction or instruction—such as adding labels to drawers—to aid a person who is experiencing memory loss.
The common name given to the national movement for the transformation of older adult services, based on person-directed values and practices, where the voices of elders and those working with them always come first. Core person-directed values are choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living. Culture change transformation supports the creation of both long- and short-term living environments as well as community-based settings where both older adults and their caregivers are able to express choice and practice self-determination in meaningful ways at every level of daily life. Culture change transformation may require changes in organizational and leadership practices, physical environments, relationships at all levels, and workforce models—leading to better outcomes for all involved. While culture change may focus on elders, it improves the quality of life for all care recipients.