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A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
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ADL

Activities of Daily Living

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

APS

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

AIP

Alleged Incapacitated Person

An individual currently being assessed by the court for incapacity

ALF

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

CNA

Certified Nursing Assistant

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

 

Companion

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

DIF

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

 

Dementia

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.

DCFS

Department of Children and Family Services

Formerly titled the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services

DOEA

Department of Elder Affairs

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


 

Depression

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.

DNRO

Do Not Resuscitate Order

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

ETG

Emergency Temporary Guardianship

Legal mechanism used to supplement a normal guardianship proceeding

EOB

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

 

Guardianship

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

HCS

Health Care Surrogate

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

HMO

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.)

HHA

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.

 

Hospice

 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.

 

Incapacity

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

 

Incompetent

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

ILF

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

IADL

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

 

Medicaid

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

 

Medicare

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

OSS

Optional State Supplementation

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

POA

Power of Attorney

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

PCP

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

SNF

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

SSDI

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

SSI

Supplemental Security Income

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

 

Trust

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

 

Ward

Term used by the court for an individual under guardianship