Senior Care Terms And Definitions

In particular, the terminology surrounding health care and senior care can sometimes lead you to feel confused and overwhelmed. A list of common terms has been developed by Always Best Care to assist you through this process. It can however be a daunting task to understand what type of care is right for your loved one. For over a decade, through this process, Always Best Care has been helping our seniors. Always let Best Care guide you through the maze of health care. Our Coordinators of Care are local and willing to assist you. For your free no-obligation consultation, call Always Best Care today or visit us at to find the office nearest you.Learn more about us at  Assisting Hands-Columbus Home Care For Disabled Adults

To help understand some of the terms relating to the provision and services of senior care, use this glossary of terms.


Abuse is any situation – emotional or physical – that creates potential harm to an individual. Also in this Glossary, see Adult Protective Services. Advantage List: List of health service providers agreeing to give a preset discount to specific insurance company policyholders.


A seal of approval from a governing body to a supplier of housing and/or services. The community or provider must fulfil specific requirements set by the accreditation entity in order to become accredited and is then generally required to undergo a thorough review process by a team of evaluators to ensure certain quality standards. No government agencies or regulatory bodies are the accrediting organisations. CCAC (Continuing Care Accreditation Commission), CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), and JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) are examples of some accreditation bodies for the senior housing and care industry.

Daily Living activities (ADLs):

Bathing, grooming, eating, toiletting, and dressing are everyday activities.

Acute disease:

A severe illness that develops quickly with pronounced symptoms, such as a heart attack or stroke. The disease can be short-lived, such as influenza.