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Assisted Living Directory Glossary

A day program that provides the elderly and other adults with services when their caregivers are at work or need relief. Only those adult day care programs seeking to serve one or more participants with Waiver fundings are required to be certified.


A place where 3 or 4 adults who are not related to the operator reside and receive care, treatment or services that are above the level of room and board and that may include up to 7 hours per week of nursing care per resident.

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This refers to a style of living. Assisted refers to the type of physical assistance rather than monetary assistance. In Assisted Living facilities, residents live independently in apartment style accommodation, and come and go as they please. We assist them by providing some meals, housekeeping, safety, security and some social programs. Additional planned care, such as bathing, dressing and assistance with medication is available upon request. Source:


A place where 5 or more unrelated people live together in a community setting. Services provided include room and board, supervision, support services, and may include up to 3 hours of nursing care per week.

Council on Aging

Founded in 1950, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a charitable organization with a national network of more than 14,000 organizations and leaders. Our members include senior centers, area agencies on aging, adult day service centers, faith-based service organizations, senior housing facilities, employment services, consumer groups, and leaders from academia, business, and labor.

Disability rights movement

The disability rights movement aims to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. For people with physical disabilities accessibility and safety are primary issues that this movement works to reform. Access to public areas such as city streets and public buildings and restrooms are some of the more visible changes brought about in recent decades.

What is Medicare?

Federally administered health insurance plan intended primarily for person age 65 and older; also available to individuals with disabilities after they have received Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for 24 months. Medicare has two parts, part A covers hospital costs; part B covers medical expenses. Source:

Parkinson’s Disease

A chronic neurological condition named after Dr. James Parkinson, a London physician who was the first to describe the syndrome in 1817. PD is a slowly progressive disease that affects a small area of cells in the mid brain known as the substantia nigra. Gradual degeneration of these cells causes a reduction in a vital chemical known as “dopamine.” This decrease in dopamine is what causes the symptoms of the disease. Source: