Nursing Home & Elder Abuse Glossary

Abandonment: The desertion of a vulnerable elder by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody of that person.

Activities of Daily Living:Activities usually performed for oneself in the course of a normal day including bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, walking, using the telephone, taking medications, and other personal care activities.

Care or Case Management: Case managers work with family members and older adults to assess, arrange and evaluate supportive efforts of seniors and their families to remain independent.

Elder Abuse: An umbrella term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.

Financial or Material Exploitation: The illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a vulnerable elder.

Friendly Visitors and Telephone Reassurance: These programs, which have different titles in different communities, provide regular personal or telephone contact for older persons who are homebound or live alone.

Geriatric Care Managers: Geriatric Care Managers specifically trained in geriatric care management, and provide case management services on a fee-for-service basis to individual clients.

Home and Community-Based Services: A variety of supportive services delivered in community settings or in an older person’s home are designed to help older persons remain living at home and avoid institutionalization.

Information and Referral: Information Specialists are available to provide assistance and linkage to available services and resources.

Legal Assistance: Legal advice and representation is available to persons aged 60 and over for certain types of legal matters including government program benefits, tenant rights, and consumer problems.

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