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Activities of Daily Living

A group of personal tasks or abilities such as dressing, bathing and eating


Adult Protective Services

An arm of the Department of Children and Families that investigates the abuse, neglect or exploitation of the aged or disabled


Advance Directive

A witnessed written document or oral statement in which instructions are given by a principal or in which the principal’s desires are expressed concerning any aspect of the principal’s health care and includes the designation of a health care surrogate, a living will, or do not resuscitate orders


Alleged Incapacitated Person

An individual currently being assessed by the court for incapacity


Assisted Living Facility

A residence that provides some assistance with IADLs and ADLs that is licensed by the Department of Children and Families (formerly ACLF, Adult Congregate Living Facility)


Attorney in Fact

Title used by an individual acting under a Power of Attorney document


Certified Nursing Assistant

 An individual who has passed a nursing assistant competency exam (does not require any specific training)



A caregiver with no special training but often skilled at offering psycho-social support within the home environment


Decline in Function

A common medical diagnosis used for geriatric clients, often used in conjunction with a trauma such as a fractured bone or episode of electrolyte imbalance



A group of symptoms that may accompany certain diseases or physical conditions.  Dementia results in the loss of intellectual functions (thinking, remembering and reasoning) of sufficient severity to interfere with a person’s daily functioning.


Department of Children and Family Services

Formerly titled the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services


Department of Elder Affairs

State agency created to implement, administer and supervise services for Floridian Elders



A diagnostic term representing several different clinical conditions with symptoms ranging from loss of interest or pleasure, decreased energy, decreased ability to think or concentrate, poor appetite, low self-esteem and poor ability to make difficult decisions to feelings of hopelessness.


Do Not Resuscitate Order

Document which authorizes the withholding or withdrawing of life-prolonging techniques by emergency medical services


Emergency Temporary Guardianship

Legal mechanism used to supplement a normal guardianship proceeding


Explanation of Benefits

A document generated by an insurance company itemizing the services billed by medical providers and the insurers subsequent approval or denial of payment



Legal procedure by which an individual is appointed to handle some or all of the decisions and affairs of a person unable to care for themselves


Health Care Surrogate

A written document designating another to make health care decisions in the event of incapacity


Health Maintenance Organization

Prepaid providers of healthcare with services that mirror Medicare services


Home Health Agency

Organization that offers the services of home care workers who are employees of the agency.  This assures the caregiver is covered by worker’s compensation, is properly licensed and trained (and usually bonded as well.)


Home Health Aide

A caregiver who has been trained in accordance with State of Florida requirements (currently 40 hours of training) – also requires a physical exam and CPR training


Home Health Registry

Organization that offers the services of home care workers on an independent contractor basis.  Registries are not required to supervise their workers.



 A special kind of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families in the final stages of a terminal illness.  Hospice does not prolong life nor does it hasten death, it merely provides a specialized knowledge of medical care, psychological, emotional and spiritual support during the dying process.



A legal term used in Florida recognizing a person’s inability to function within certain areas of life



A legal term (no longer used in Florida) describing a person’s inability to function within all areas of life


Independent Living Facility

A community, usually apartments, geared to retirees.  Many have on-site services, organized activities and scheduled transportation to local merchants.  Some also include one meal, housekeeping services, and utility expenses such as water and cable


Instrumental Activities of Daily Living

A group of tasks or abilities such as shopping, laundry and money management


Living Will

A witnessed document or oral statement made by the principal expressing his or her instructions concerning life-prolonging procedures



A federally funded program that is administered on a state level with eligibility based on age and/or disability, assets, income and level of care



A federal program available to all individuals who paid a minimum amount of social security taxes with eligibility based on either retirement or disability


Optional State Supplementation

Funding for ALFs by the state of Florida to underwrite the cost of care for individuals with markedly low income


Power of Attorney

A legal document that provides for financial management and decision making when a person is incapacitated, physically and/or mentally


Primary Care Physician

A term often used by HMOs describing the main doctor supervising an individual’s care – often acting as a “gatekeeper” to other medical specialists and service providers


Skilled Nursing Facility

A residence for individuals who require 24 hour supervision (many of whom are confined to bed for some portion of the day) staffed with highly trained professionals who can provide skilled, custodial, intermediate and rehabilitative care


Supplemental Security Disability Income

Monthly income paid by the federal government based on the individual’s payment of social security taxes and their documented disability


Supplemental Security Income

Monthly income paid by the federal government as a supplementation to individuals with an income level below the Federal Poverty Level



A legal document that provides for financial management and decision making when a person is physically and/or mentally incapacitated and allows the assets to avoid the probate process upon the person’s death



Term used by the court for an individual under guardianship

Local, State & National Resources

Here is a list of many of the resources we often provide to callers. Most have website links. Please let us know if one of these links is broken so we can update our information.

For a glossary of common terms and acronyms used within the scope of services MonarchCare provides, Click Here

2-1-1 First Call for Help of Broward
4 Kids of South Florida
Abuse Hotline - Florida
Agency for Health Care Administration
Aging & Disability Resource Center
Alliance for Aging (Dade)
Alzheimer’s Association
Alzheimer’s Family Center
American Association of Retired Persons
American Association of Suicidology
ARC Broward
Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast
Asperger Syndrome Information and Support Center
Autism Research Institute
Autism Speaks
Bayview Center for Mental Health
Best Buddies
Boys and Girls Club of Broward
Broward Chamber of Nonprofit Organizations
Broward Coalition for the Homeless
Broward County
Broward County Courts
Broward County Elderly & Veterans
Broward County Guardianship Association
Broward County Public Schools
Broward Health
Broward Regional Health Planning Council
Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO)
Catholic Charities
Center for Guardianship Certification
Center for Group Counseling
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Children's Services Council of Broward
Children's Services Council of Palm Beach
Court Options
Covenant House
Eldercare Locator
Family Central
Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association
Florida Bar Referral Service
Florida Council for Community Mental Health
Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)
Florida Department of Corrections
Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)
Florida Kid Care
Florida Mental Health Institute
Florida Senate
Florida State Guardianship Association
Guardian Ad Litem Program
Health Care District of Palm Beach County
Henderson Behavioral Health
Hispanic Unity
Institute for Family Centered Services
Jewish Community Services of South Florida
JFS of Broward
Kids in Distress
Legal Aid
Lighthouse of Broward County
Long Term Care Ombudsman Council
Mental Health Association of Broward
Miami Behavioral Health and Spectrum Programs
Miami-Dade County Court
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Mobile Crisis Team - 24 Hour - Broward
(954) 463-0911
Mobile Crisis Team - 24 Hour - Miami-Dade
(305) 774-3616
Mobile Crisis Team - 24 Hour - Palm Beach
(561) 383-5777
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
National Guardianship Association
National Institute of Drug Abuse
National Institute of Mental Health
National Mental Health Association
National Mental Health Information Center
Non Abusive Psychological & Physical Intervention (NAPPI)
North Broward Memory Disorder Center
NSU Center for Psychological Studies
One Community Partnership
Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc.
Pace Center for Girls
Palm Beach County Court
Palm Beach County Public Schools
Safe Medication
Sexual Assault Treatment Center
Shared Hope International
Social Security Administration
South County Mental Health Center
South Florida Provider Coalition
State of Florida Portal/My Florida
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Sunserve Social Services
Switchboard of Miami
The Children's Trust
The Mentor Network
The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
U of Florida Center for Autism and Related Disorders
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
United Way of Broward County
Urban League of Broward
Web MD
Women in Distress

Advice & Education

MonarchCare is proud of its many community outreach programs and services. We provide help to those who need assistance outside the scope of the services we offer, which demonstrates our commitment to preventing problems within our community’s social service safety net.

Our Advice and Education services provide a source for information and referral services and community education that address issues geared to the differing needs of the population we serve: professionals and caregivers. By sharing our knowledge of the intricacies of the healthcare system, we stress the core values of good financial management and guardianship, which helps protect our vulnerable individuals.

Advice (Information & Referral)

Once we determine all your needs, we provide information and/or referrals for other community resources. We may also send out pamphlets and publications to further clarify the choices open to your particular situation or need.



Through seminars, continuing education programs and presentations to other various groups, MonarchCare shares valuable information with individuals and professionals. Through support group facilitation and educational workshops, MonarchCare also guides clients and family members through the confusing healthcare, legal, and social service arenas. Since 1993, MonarchCare principals have trained more than 2500 individuals (both family and professionals) to be effective guardians.

Let’s Work Together

MonarchCare offers added value to the community through a variety of topics to help educate your staff, organization or community.

Please contact us if you would like a presentation for a special group or if you are interested in being one of our teaching partners for future speaking opportunities. Our goal is to increase your understanding of the services and products that help those in need, from children to the frail elderly. These efforts have a ripple effect within the community, improving the quality of life for South Florida’s most vulnerable citizens while reducing the need for guardianship services in the future. Call us…and learn something new!

  1. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Guardianship
  2. ILF, ALF, SNF: Alphabet Soup!
  3. Medicare: From A to D
  4. Money: The Hidden Client
  5. Advanced Planning: Saving Your Loved Ones From Heartache
  6. Care Management: What Is It and Who Needs It?
  7. Daily Money Management: What is It and Who Needs It?
Here is a compilation of all the forms referenced throughout our website. Mail-in Donation Form - for more information on supporting MonarchCare, click here Volunteer Applications and Flyers - for more information on volunteering, click here Guardianship Forms – for more information on Guardianship in Florida, click here Crisis Intervention Options in Florida - for more information on these options, click here Guardianship Alternatives - for more information on Guardianship Alternatives, click here Trustee Fee Schedule - for more information on Trustee Services, click here