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    C.M. and family (Ashburn Va)


Glossary

The language of homecare can be sometimes confusing. Here is a list of some of the words and phrases you may hear when talking with us or others about homecare. If you have questions about a term that is not included here, please contact us.

ADLs (activities of daily living): The basic tasks of daily life, such as bathing, dressing, eating, walking, housework, transferring and more.

Caregiver: An individual who provides care to another.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA): An individual who may assist with basic medical care, such as checking vital signs, pulse and blood pressure, and maintaining medical equipment. May also assist with basic homecare activities, such as bathing.

Companion: An individual who provides companionship and non-medical care for a patient. Activities may include assistance with basic ADLs, providing transportation, reading mail, preparing meals and more.

Custodial Care: Non-medical assistance, generally with basic ADLs.

Elder care: Care of older or aged individuals. Also referred to as senior care or geriatric care.

Geriatric care: Care of older or aged individuals. Also referred to as elder care or senior care.

Homecare: Any form of in-home care. May include both medical and non-medical care.

Home health agency: A company or organization, such as Touch of Grace, that provides assistance with home health care and matches home health aides with patients. Also referred to as homecare agencies.

Home health aide: Generally a hired individual who assists patients’ families or friends with caregiving in the patient’s home.

Home health care: Basic health care that is done in the home. Also sometimes referred to as homecare.

Intermediate care: Assistance provided to individuals who may need temporary care while recovering from illness, surgery or injury. Often short-term.

Non-medical caregiver: An individual who assists with in-home care, but does not provide medical care.

Pediatric home health care: In-home care for children with special needs.


Touch of Grace, LLC offers personal home care (also called custodial care). Personal care services are those that individuals would typically accomplish themselves if they did not have a disability. Our P.C.A.s (patient care assistants) and C.N.A.'s (certified nursing assistants) support and assist with ADL's (Activities of Daily Living) Acute Illnesses, Case Management, Companion Care, Health Care Services, Health Education, Health Maintenance, Home Care, Homemaker Services, Hospice Care, IADL's (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living), Intermediate Care, Learning Disability, Long Term Care, Personal Care, Risk Management, Transportation Services, and assistance with Veterans. We offer a structured approach to risk management where the quality of care services meet established professional standards within the industry.


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