Services in the Home

Chore Service (Household Chores)
Non-Medical chores to help continue independent living, such as vacuuming, cleaning, shoveling snow, heavy yard work, changing storm windows, minor home repairs, etc.

Personal Care
Non-Medical services to help with activities of daily living, including assistance with bathing, bedpan routines, foot care, dressing, denture care, shaving, grooming, assistance eating, and assistance moving around the house and getting in and out of bed or wheelchair.

Home Care
Non-Medical services to help maintain ability to live independently, such as shopping, planning meals, preparing meals, delivering meals, laundry,  vacuuming, dusting, dishwashing, changing beds, cleaning kitchen and baths.

Home Health Care
Skilled medical and other services, including nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, home health aide services, supplied by certified home health agencies and other professionals to help individuals remain at home.

Daytime Services Outside Your Home

Social Day Care
Non-Medical Services to encourage physical and mental exercise and stimulate social interaction.  Suited to need of participant with training, counseling, and social services in a community setting, includng assistance with walking, grooming, eating, and planned educational, recreational, and social activities.

Adult Foster Care
Mostly Non-Medical Services providing room and board, and personal care in a family like setting to those who cannot live alone safely.  Services include companionship, assistance with activities of daily living, host family training, and monthly nurse and social worker visits to monitor placements.

Adult Day Health
Medical and other services allowing frail elders to remain in the community while coping with medical conditions, chronic debilitating illnesses, or diseases that require careful monitoring and intervention.  Services include therapeutic, nutritional, social and rehab. Services also provide support and education for participants, family, and caregivers.

Dementia Day Care
Non-Medical Services in a structured, secure adult day program for those with dementia(Alzheimer’s or related disorder), to maximize their functional capacity, reduce agitation, disruptive behavior, and enhance cognitive functioning.  Allows person with dementia to stay in the community.  Provides caregiver with respite and provides support and education for participants, family, and caregiviers.

Facility Services

Respite Care Medical and Non-Medical Services to temporarily relieve caregivers of the daily stresses and demands of care for a family member.  Could last for a few hours or a few days.  In addition to services in the home, respite care may include short-term placement in adult foster care, assisted living, or nursing facility.  

Hospice Care Medical Services with an emphasis on providing comfort and pain relief for those who are terminally ill.

Services in a Facility

Assisted Living
Independent housing that provides room, board, and personal care, as well as a range of services, including social and educational programming and case management.  Individuals can transition from completely independent housing units to extensive personal care within the same facility.  Some assisted living facilities have designated units for persons with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Nursing Homes
A facility licensed by the Department of Public Health that is primarily engaged in providing nursing care and related services on an impatient basis for short and long-term care stays at skilled, intermediate, or custodial levels of care      

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) Housing, personal care, and health care in one location.  Arrangements vary widely, but individuals usually pay initial investment followed by monthly service fees for variety of services, ranging from assisted living to nursing home care.