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Aged Care Glossary

ACAT - Aged Care Assessment Team

Accommodation bond - Money left as a deposit with a care facility as security

Accreditation Status - If a care facility has accreditation or not

Accreditation Audit - A site audit (assessment) of the quality of the care provided

Accreditation Standards - The standards an aged care home must meet before receiving public funding

Advocacy - An independent service for receivers of aged care

Age Care - Care provided to elderly people who are unable to care for themselves any longer

Age pension - Centrelink payment for elderly people without sufficient other income

Aged care Assessment Team - A team of Health professionals who assess older people to see what services they require

Ageing in Place - A home that allows residents to move to differing levels of care

Allied Health Care - A range of services and therapies such as Physiotherapy Occupational Therapy

Alzheimer's Australia - The National body for people living with Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer disease - A degenerative illness affecting the brain, and the most common form of dementia

Arthritis Australia - The peak body dealing with Arthritis in every state in Australia

Assets Assessment - An evaluation of assets to see if someone qualifies for assistance

Asthma Foundation - The association of all the local Asthma Foundations providing advice and support to asthma sufferers

Australian Podiatry council - The national body for Australian podiatrists

Basic care fee - A contribution towards the cost of care provided

Basic daily care fee - A contribution towards the cost of day care

Beyond Blue - A national body for depression issues

Bowel Continence - A condition relation to the control of the bowel

Care Plan - A plan to assist the care offered

Carer - Family members of friends providing support to someone in need

Carer Allowance - A centrelink income support for people without any other income in order to be a carer

Carer Payment - A centrelink payment for people who need income in order to be a carer

Carer support groups - Groups to provide support an assistance to carers

Carers Australia - The national body representing carers within Australia

Centrelink - A Government agency providing payments to Australians in need

Chronic disease - Long term ongoing diseases usually incurable or age related such as; Asthma, diabetes, mental illness......

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - A lung disease blocking the tubes in the lungs making it harder to breathe

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centers - Single point of contact to reach most service providers

Conditional adjustment payment - This provides aged care providers to give increased high care

Continence - Continence is the ability to exercise voluntary control over the bladder and/or bowel

Continence Aids Assistance Scheme (CAAS) - The Continence Aids Assistance Scheme (CAAS) provides assistance to people who have permanent and on-going incontinence due to a permanent condition.

Council on the ageing (COTA) - An independent service representing the views of seniors to Government bodies

Ct Scan - Computerized Tomography (CT) scan is a scan performed using an x-ray machine which is linked to a computer

Culturally appropriate care - Culturally appropriate care, as well as including the care available to all Australians, takes into account special needs arising from culturally and linguistically diverse background

Day Therapy Centers - Day Therapy Centers offer physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy, podiatry and other therapy services to frail aged people who are living in the community or who are residents of Australian Government-funded aged care homes

Dementia - Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses, which cause a progressive decline in the ability to remember, to think, and to learn

Depression - A state of mind producing serious, long-term lowering of enjoyment of life or inability to visualize a happy future

Diabetes - A disease with affected blood insulin level

Diversional Therapist - A Diversional Therapist provides lifestyle programs that assist palliative care

Elder Abuse - The abuse physically or otherwise of an aged person

Elder Law - Laws relating to the rights of the aged population

End of Life care - End-of-life care or palliative care is care provided for people of all ages who have a life limiting illness, with little or no prospect of cure, and the primary aim is to achieve the best possible quality of life for the person and their family

Enduring power of attorney - An enduring power of attorney allows you to delegate the management of your affairs even if you are no longer able to understand the implications such as if you become mentally incapacitated

Extended Aged Care at Home - EACH - Extended Aged Care at Home packages are individually planned and coordinated packages of care, tailored to help frail older Australians with high-level care needs to remain at home

Full pensioner - A full pensioner is a person who receives the maximum Australian Government means-tested pension.

Functional incontinence - Functional incontinence occurs when a person does not recognize the need to go to the toilet, or remember where the toilet is, or is unable to loosen clothing in time

Geriatrician - A doctor specialising in the illnesses and medical care of elderly people

Guardian - A guardian is a legally appointed substitute decision maker who, subject to the powers granted, may be able to make lifestyle decisions, such as where a person should live, consent to medical and dental services and health care generally

Gynecologist - A gynecologist is a doctor who specialises in preventing and treating illnesses of the female reproductive organs

Heart Foundation - The Heart Foundation's purpose is to improve the heart health of Australians and to reduce disability and death from heart attack, stroke and blood vessel disease

High-level care - High-level care is the care which is provided for people who have been assessed by an ACAT member, and need almost complete assistance with most daily living activities. It includes accommodation services such as meals, laundry and room cleaning, as well as personal care.

Home modifications - These are changes or additions to a person's house or local environment that allow them to live more comfortably, safely, and securely at home for as long as possible

Hospice - A hospice is a facility devoted to the care of people with a progressive life limiting illness, which is staffed by specifically trained professionals

Hostel care - accommodation with some assisted services

Incontinence - The inability to control the bladder or bowel.

Independent advocate - An independent advocate is a person from an advocacy service who has no relationship with the person they are supporting

Independent Living Centers - Independent Living Centers provide information and advisory services and have a display of continence products and other aids that assist with day-to-day living

Lifeline - Lifeline helps people and communities make healthy choices that affirm life, relieve distress and enhance well being, by having counseling, training and information services easily available to all Australians

Low-level care - The care which is provided for people who have been assessed and need some, but limited accommodation facilities

Medicare Benefits Schedule - The Medicare Benefits Schedule provides information on the arrangements for the payment of Medicare benefits

Mild Cognitive Impairment - Significant memory loss without the loss of other cognitive functions

Music Therapy - The use of music as a therapeutic tool to assist clients and carers with dementia patients and those suffering trauma

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care Strategy - A body to improve access to, and quality of, culturally appropriate care for older people aged 50 years and over from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

National Asthma Council - National Asthma Council brings together all forms of endeavor in the field of asthma and associated conditions in order to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of people with asthma and their carers

National Continence Helpline - A free telephone service which provides information, can refer you to local sources of help, as well as offering personal advice and counseling about bladder and bowel function problems

National Dementia Helpline - A phone line to provide information and support for people with dementia

Notice of Non-Compliance - A notice issued by the Department when a home has not complied with its responsibilities in providing required care and services

Nursing home - The previous name for aged care homes that provide high-level care, including accommodation services such as meals, laundry and room cleaning, and personal care

Occupational therapy - A health profession which helps individuals gain, or regain, skills which are essential for that person's happy, safe and meaningful existence

Osteoarthritis - Is a chronic breakdown of cartilage in the joints; the most common form of arthritis occurring usually after middle age

Palliative care - Care provided for people of all ages who have a life limiting illness, with little or no prospect of cure

Palliative care equipment - Equipment that can be loaned to families and carers for people who wish to die at home

Parkinson's disease - A chronic, progressive disorder of the central nervous system which affects the control or direction of normal movement.

Part-pensioner - A part-pensioner is a person who receives less than the maximum Australian Government means-tested pension

Pensioner - A person receiving a pension from centrelink

Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) - A Card issued by Centrelink to all Social Security and Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) service pensioners or war widows receiving an income support supplement. Low income earners receiving selected payments may be entitled to a PCC

Physiotherapy - A health profession with recognized expertise in treating conditions or injuries that affect physical function, to help you gain as much movement and physical independence as possible

Podiatry - The profession that deals with conditions affecting the human foot

Power of attorney - A document that gives a person nominated by you the power to act on your behalf

Psychiatrist - A medical practitioner who diagnoses and treats mental, emotional and behavioral disorders

Psycho geriatrician - A medical practitioner who manages the treatment of psychological and psychiatric problems of older people

Reflex incontinence - Reflex incontinence is usually due to spinal cord or brain injury. It is a leak of urine where the bladder is emptied out

Rent assistance - A Centrelink payment to help people with low income renting accommodation in the private rental market

Repatriation Health Card - A card from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) to veterans or dependents who are eligible for health treatment at the DVA's expense

Residential aged care - Care for older people who can no longer live at home. Australian Government-subsidised places are provided in aged care homes that are owned and operated by organizations who have the approval of the Australian Government to care for their residents

Respite care - Is a substitute care that can be arranged for planned breaks, regular weekly breaks, short holidays or for emergency situations such as family illness

Retention amounts - These are amounts of money that the aged care home may deduct each month from the accommodation bond, for a period of five years

Rhythm Therapy - The use of rhythm and drumming to assist cognitive behavior

Sanctions - Are penalties imposed by the Department of Health and Ageing on approved providers of aged care in cases of serious non-compliance with their legislated responsibilities

Self Funded Retiree - People who fund their own retirement and don't receive any Australian Government means-tested pensions

Sickness Allowance - Centrelink payment for people who are employed but are temporarily unable to work due to a medical condition.

Statutory Declaration - A written statement declared to be true in the presence of an authorised witness

Stress incontinence - Stress incontinence is a small leak of urine associated with a physical activity such as coughing, laughing, physical exertion or getting up and bending over

Terminal diseases - A disease for which the patient will not survive

Transition care - Transition care provides short-term care that seeks to optimize the functioning and independence of older people after a hospital stay

Translating and Interpreting Service - Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) is available for both English and non-English speakers

Urge incontinence - Urge incontinence is a leak of urine associated with the feeling of needing to go to the toilet quickly

Vascular dementia - Is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's disease. The condition is not a single disease but a group of syndromes relating to problems with the flow of blood to the brain

Veteran - A person returned from national duty

Veteran and war widow/widower pensioners - People who are eligible for and receive a pension from the Department of Veterans' Affairs

Veterans' Affairs Network - A body to promote independence and quality of life to the veteran community in their local environment and to facilitate access to DVA programs and services

Veterans' Home Care - A Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) program that helps Australia's veterans, war widows and widowers with low care needs to remain in their own homes for longer

War widow/widower pensions - Pensions paid by Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) to widowed partners and dependents of veterans who have died as a result of war service or eligible defense service