Definitions and explanation of Senior Care Terms
A public or private residential facility providing a high level of long-term personal or nursing care for persons (such as the aged or the chronically ill) who are unable to care for themselves properly. A nursing home is a place for people who do not need to be in a hospital but cannot be cared for at home. The nursing home facility nurses have the responsibility of caring for the patient's medical needs, and the responsibility of overseeing other employees, depending on ranks. Most nursing homes have nursing aides and skilled nurses on hand 24 hours a day.
A term that refers to a patient's need for care or treatment that can only be done by licensed nurses. ... Examples of skilled nursing needs include complex wound dressings, rehabilitation, tube feedings or rapidly changing health status.
•Palliative care may be provided at any point during a person’s illness, even right from the time of diagnosis. Palliative care is appropriate at any age, at any stage of disease, and along with other types of treatment a patient may be receiving.
•Palliative care is given at any stage of the disease, but hospice is given to terminally ill patients with life expectancy six months or less. ...
• Palliative care may be given while the patient is on curative treatment, but hospice is given when no more medicine can do.