Structured, comprehensive programs, including a variety of health, social and related support services during any part of the day, but for less than 24 hours. Provided at local centers for adults who need some supervision and/or support
Making plans about the care you would want if you could no longer speak for yourself while you are healthy enough to consider options, make choices and discuss with your family; Making a living will and naming a healthcare surrogate are part of advance care planning.
An agency designated by the state with the responsibility for planning and coordinating services for older people and those with disabilities within a specific geographic area. Ohio has twelve area agencies, each serving a multi-county planning and service area. These agencies provide information, resources, assistance, and links to community services.
Housing for those who may need help living independently, but do not need skilled nursing care. The level of assistance varies among residences and may include help with bathing, dressing, meals, and housekeeping.
A change in a patient’s care, from hospital to home, for example, or from one team of doctors to another, or from curative care to hospice care. Transitions are difficult for the patient and require planning, communication and careful monitoring
The professional coordination of services to benefit a client; in healthcare facilities, case managers (or case workers) coordinate services for patients transitioning from hospital to other care setting
A Do Not Resuscitate Order, written by a physician at the request of a terminally ill patient and placed in the patient’s records. It instructs medical staff not to revive the patient if their breathing or heartbeat stops.
A law that requires employers to allow employees to take unpaid time off work (up to 12 weeks) for illness, having/adopting a baby, or caring for an ill family member. The employee’s current or an equivalent job is guaranteed when you return. This law may not apply to small companies or new employees.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act which gives you rights over health information and sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your health information. It also permits the release of personal health information needed for patient care.
Professional caregivers (RN, physician, social worker, chaplain, hospice aide, bereavement specialist and volunteer) who work together to care for the whole patient near the end of life - See Interdisciplinary Group
Guidelines that determine if a patient qualifies for the Medicare/Medicaid hospice benefit; two physicians must certify that the patient has fewer than six months to live if the disease follows its usual course