Home Health Aide – Provides assistance with personal care such as bathing, dressing, toileting, walking, etc. These services are generally not covered by insurance.
Homemaker Services – Provides assistance with light housekeeping, meal planning and preparation, laundry, eliminating safety hazards, accompanying people to appointments, running errands. and grocery shopping. These services are generally not covered by insurance.
Hospice Care – For those who have a terminal illness and require 24-hour care, hospice addresses the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of both the patient and family.
Independent Living – A living arrangement that maximizes independence and self-determination through a “community” environment which allows one to be on their own while still having a network of support nearby.
Living Will/Health Care Directive – A document in which a person states his/her wishes regarding medical treatment. In Missouri, these documents become effective when the individual is incapacitated.
Medicaid – A government program, which provides certain health and long-term care services for low-income people. The person must financially qualify based on monthly income and assets. This program then allows the person to receive medical treatment both in and out of hospitals.
Medicare – A federal health insurance plan. It covers a portion of your hospital and doctor bills. When you apply for Social Security at full retirement age, you’re automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A (free hospital insurance). You may choose to sign up for Medicare Part B (medical insurance). A monthly premium for Part B will be deducted from your benefit check unless low income entitles you to Qualified Medicare Beneficiary aid.
Residential Care Facility I – Provides 24-hour care, shelter and protective oversight which may include the storage and distribution of medications during a short-term illness or recuperation.
Residential Care Facility II – Provides additional services, such as supervision of diets, assistance with personal care, housekeeping, social, and recreational programs and care during a short-term illness or recuperation and supervision of health care under the direction of a licensed physician. This type of facility is designed for the semi-independent resident able to walk alone or with the help of a cane, walker or crutch.
Respite Care – Short-term stay in a nursing facility to permit the family/caregiver some rest. Sometimes, this time away from home allows the care recipient an opportunity to socialize, participate in mentally stimulating recreational activities and make new friends
Skilled Care – Care needed by a registered nurse such as injections, medication administration, etc., or requires the skilled services of occupational and physical therapists, speech pathologists, and/or social workers. Generally, skilled care is covered through Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurance policies.
Skilled Nursing – An extended care facility, which provides skilled nursing care to long-term care residents or short-term rehabilitation services for a transition from surgery and illness to full health. It is more commonly known as a nursing home.