April 26, 2017   |    Blog, Health and Aging

10 Senior Living Terms That Can Be Confusing


What is the Difference between Medicare and Medicaid?

Medicare is assistance that pays for your loved one to get well in rehabilitation after they are discharged from the hospital. Medicaid is state funding available at the Skilled Nursing level of care, or through some Help at Home services for those with minimal or no resources.


What does CCRC stand for?

Continuing Care Retirement Community. Communities such as Wesbury offer exactly that – a continuation of care through the resident’s lifetime. Select a community where you can live actively and find the services you need through all the stages of your retirement years. CCRC’s offer everything from maintenance free living to in-home services, personal care apartments, rehabilitation, memory support and skilled nursing care. Once you choose a community, you have made a choice that will fit your needs for the rest of your life.


How does Home Health Care differ from Help at Home?

The significant difference between home health care vs. non-medical home care is the level of medically skilled care administered by the home health care staff. Home health is care given to patients at home by medically trained and licensed professionals. It is an alternative to receiving care in a nursing home or hospital to regain health and independence. In-Home care allows individuals to age in place at home by offering custodial care, homemaker services, in-home care, and companionship services. Family members, private caregivers, or caregivers employed by home care agencies, a licensed agency that holds a Home and Community Support Services License provide the care at home.

Home health clients are recovering patients who are ill with a chronic condition like heart failure or an acute health condition like surgery for a hip replacement, or have an injury. Home health care permits early discharge from a hospital, reduces hospital admissions and assists with rapid recovery. It’s less expensive, more accessible and as effective as care from a hospital or skilled nursing facility.


What does ADL stand for?

ADL stands for Activities of Daily Living. These can range from bathing, dressing, medications, mobility, hygiene, etc.


What is Independent Living vs Enhanced Living and Personal Care?

In Independent Living Residents enjoy peace of mind, security and an active lifestyle without the work and worry of maintaining a home or an apartment. Staff members take care of the general maintenance of these units, so a resident doesn’t have to worry about shoveling the driveway, mowing the grass, or repairing the roof.

Enhanced Living and Personal Care bridges the gap between Independent Living and needing more support with daily tasks. The Staff can assist residents who need a little more support by providing meals, housekeeping and laundry services, transportation and additional personal care assistance if needed. Personal care for example is assistance with bathing, dressing, medications, etc.


What does Not-for-Profit mean, vs For-Profit?

In choosing a Not-for-Profit Continuing Care Retirement Community, you are choosing a community committed to providing for you both physically and financially for the rest of your life, even if you outlive your resources. For-profit organizations do ask their residents to leave when they can no longer pay.