Words we use and what they mean...

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) is a term used to refer to actions we do daily as part of the self care routine including bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, and other personal care activities. Occupational therapists, home health aides, and personal care assistants often coach or assist our clients with their ADLs. 

Caregiver refers to anyone who provides care for a senior including family members, friends, home health aides, personal care assistants, and medical professionals like nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists. Most all of us will be caregivers at some point in our lives.

Custodial Care is non-medical assistance with activities of daily life (such as bathing, eating, dressing, using the toilet) for clients who need assistance performing those activities.

Home Care describes care delivered in the home including both medical and private-duty care.

Home Health Care refers to intermittent medical care provided by a Medicare-certified agency. Care is delivered by nurses and other skilled clinicians including physical, occupational, and speech therapist and overseen by a physician. The home health care team may also include a home health aide for limited personal care.

Home Health Nurse includes both Registered Nurses (RN’s) who oversee home health care and complete initial assessments and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s) who deliver routine care.

State Tested Nurse Assistant (STNA) is an Ohio Department of Health approved training program/designation for aides working in long-term care settings, hospitals, homecare, and hospice who perform basic patient care.

Home Health Aide (HHA) is a trained professional who provides personal care like bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, and minor housekeeping, meal preparation, and dementia support services under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) during an episode of care.

Physical Therapy (PT) helps restore strength, flexibility, coordination, mobility and general function to clients experiencing a decline or after a hospital or rehab stay.

Private Duty are services at Home Care Concierge bring practical in-home care solutions to seniors when they need a helping hand. 

Occupational Therapy (OT) helps improve, sustain, or restore independence after an injury or illness by focusing on Activities of Daily Living.

Speech Therapy (ST) helps restore or improve speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive function loss after an illness or injury including stroke and dementia.

Medical Social Worker (MSW) provides grief counseling, coordination of community resources, and assistance with social and emotional issues that often accompany acute and chronic illness.