An accredited facility is one that meets high standards of care. These standards are set by organizations such as the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health care Organizations (JCAHO).
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
Activities of daily living (ADL's) include eating, bathing, grooming, dressing and toileting.
Skilled medical services in a medical setting such as a hospital, intensive care unit or emergency department.
Adult Day Care
A community program for adults with disabilities. In a safe setting, people can socialize and participate in activities.
Adult Protective Services (APS)
A federal program that ensures the safety and well-being of elders, who may be neglected and mistreated or unable to care for themselves.
An advance directive tells physicians and emergency personnel what kind of medical treatment you would like, if your life is in danger and you cannot communicate. For instance, if you have a heart attack and you have a DNR order, that means “Do Not Resuscitate.” This legal document should be on file with your primary care physician, and your immediate family should be aware of your wishes to avoid any confusion.
Alzheimer's disease is a disease of the brain and the most common cause of dementia that causes problems with memory, learning and thinking behavior.
Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
A private, non-profit corporation, that coordinates the planning, development, and delivery of services for persons over 60 years of age and older, and adults 18 years and older who are disabled with long-term care needs.
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
AHCCCS manages the Medicaid services offered in the state of Arizona.Assisted Living Facility
Combines housing and personal services. The facility may offer personal care, laundry, housekeeping, transportation and social activities.
Attorney (elder law)
An elder law attorney specializes in senior related issues like Estate Planning, Living Wills, Advance Directives and Long Term Care needs.
A trained professional who tests hearing and performs hearing evaluation tests which measure the degree of hearing loss.