If you are looking to, or planning to move your loved one into a senior living community, you will inevitably come across a number of commonly used terms while doing your research. What exactly do these terms mean? If they sound intimidating to you, fret not, we at Discovery Village At Naples have you covered with a glossary of commonly used terms.
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
ADLs are day-to-day activities which are necessary for normal, everyday life. These activities include eating, showering, dressing, grooming, toileting, and being able to move around independently.
Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disease that ensues when cells in the brain are damaged, resulting in complex brain changes. The cause of this is unknown, but age is undoubtedly a risk factor. One of the most common, early sign of Alzheimer’s disease is the inability to retain information.
Continence management refers to the management of a patient’s incontinence. When a patient is incontinent, he or she does not have full control over their bowels and bladder. This can drastically affect the patient’s quality of life.
Dementia, a term which is often used, albeit erroneously, interchangeably with Alzheimer’s disease, refers to a variety of symptoms such as decline in memory and reasoning. There are many types of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common one. Other forms of dementia include Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.
Emergency Call Response System
An alert system in which the patient can use to alert a member of staff in the community should they experience any medical emergencies.
Glucose Monitoring and Insulin Management
Glucose monitoring refers to the monitoring of a patient’s glucose level. If their glucose level is too high, they will be required to take insulin to ensure that their glucose levels return to acceptable levels, and healthcare professionals trained in insulin management can determine if they need to do so.
Public assistance for individials who are unable to pay for health care. Funding is administered on a state level. Patients can only apply for Medicaid when they have exhausted all avenues of personal funding. Eligibility criteria include one’s level of income.
A federal health insurance program for individuals above the age of 65, as well as those with disabilities.
The management of the medication a patient is taking.
SHINE® Memory Care
Discovery Village At Naples’s award-winning memory care program, which adopts a uniquely customized approach to memory care using science-driven data.
A guarantee to all residents that during the first three years of their stay at Discovery Village At Naples, the cost of rent will not increase.
Senior Assisted Living
A senior living program which is best suited for those who require help with ADLs. Residents enrolled in this program will receive personalized care services from our on-site, 24-hour nursing staff, ensuring they will be able to live their golden years in dignity.
Senior Independent Living
A senior living program which is best suited for those who are still able to live an independent lifestyle, but want some help with activities such as housekeeping and the preparation of meals. This frees up time for them to pursue their hobbies.