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Adult Day Care Centers

Adult day care centers provide a break to the caregiver while providing health services, therapeutic services, and social activities for people with Alzheimers disease and related dementia, chronic illnesses, traumatic brain injuries, developmental disabilities, and other problems that increase their care needs. Some adult day care centers are dementia specific, providing services exclusively to that population. Other centers serve the broader population.

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Alzheimer's Care Centers

Many nursing homes have designated areas or units exclusively for people with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. These special care units (SCUs) have become common, based on the idea that those residents with dementia require specialized care that may not be routinely available in nursing homes.

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Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted Living or Assisted living facilities (ALF) usually refers to a non-medical facility that is used by people who are not able to live on their own, but do not need the level of continuous nursing care that a nursing home offers.

Assisted Living Facility is a great option for individuals who are in the look out for an energetic and independent lifestyle while receiving the help and support they may or may not need on a daily basis.

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Palliative/Hospice Care Centers

Palliative care is any form of medical care or treatment that concentrates on reducing the severity of the symptoms of a disease or slows its progress rather than providing a cure. It aims at improving quality of life, by reducing or eliminating pain and other physical symptoms, enabling the patient to ease or resolve psychological and spiritual problems, and supporting the partner and family.

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Continuing Care Retirement Communities

The typical Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is a community complex consisting of apartments, cottages or combinations of residential independent and group living units, a health care facility, and other amenities, usually combined in one central location. The CCRC provides services that may include housekeeping, dining rooms, recreation areas and miscellaneous service shops, and, in some cases, local transportation. The facility is also often a licensed home for adults and licensed nursing facility. Continuing care retirement communities provide the above mentioned services, under an agreement effective for a period greater than one year, and subsequent to payment of an entrance fee.

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Independent Living Communities

Independent Living means controlling and directing your own life. It means taking risks and being allowed to succeed and fail on your own terms. It means participating in community life and pursuing activities of your own choosing. Independent Living is knowing what choices are available, selecting what is right for you, and taking responsibility for your own actions.

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Congregate Housing Centers

Congregate Housing is a shared living environment designed to integrate the housing and services needs of elders and younger disabled individuals. The goal of Congregate Housing is to increase self-sufficiency through the provision of supportive services in a residential setting. Congregate Housing is neither a nursing home nor a medical care facility. It does not offer 24-hour care and supervision. Services are made available to aid residents in managing Activities of Daily Living in a supportive, but not custodial environment. Each resident has a private bedroom, but shares one or more of the following: kitchen facilities, dining facilities, and/or bathing facilities. Throughout the state there are many variations in size and design.

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Skilled Nursing Care Centers

A nursing home or skilled nursing facility (SNF) is a place of residence for people who require constant nursing care and have significant Activity of Daily Living (ADL) deficiencies. Residents include the elderly and younger adults with physical disabilities. Adults 18 or older can stay in a skilled nursing facility to receive physical, occupational, and other rehabilitative therapies following an accident or illness. In the US, nursing homes are required to have a licensed nurse on duty 24 hours a day, and during at least one shift each day, one of those nurses must be a Registered Nurse. In April, 2005 there were a total of 16,094 nursing homes in the United States, down from 16,516 in December, 2002.

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Facility Selection Tips

Many of us hope to stay in our homes as we grow older. Often we are able to do that. But later in life usually by our 80s and 90s some of us need a hand with everyday activities like shopping, cooking, or bathing. A few of us need more help on a regular basis. Maybe that means it's time to move to a place where expert care is available around-the-clock.

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Evaluation Checklist

This checklist provides a useful tool when investigating and evaluating Residential Care for the Elderly or Assisted Living Facilities. The checklist is divided into two sections: Quality Dimensions and Practical Dimensions.

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Common Terminology List

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