Hartman Ch. 1 The Nursing Assistant in Long-Term Care

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Term Definition
accountable answerable for ones actions
activities of daily living (ADLs) personal daily care tasks, including bathing skin, nail and hair care, walking eating and drinking, mouth care, dressing, transferring and toileting.
acute care . 24-hour skilled care for short-term illness or injuries; generally given in hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers
adaptive devices special equipment that helps a person who is ill or disabled perform activities of daily living; also called assistive devices.
adult day services care for people who need some assistance or supervision during certain hours, but who do not live in a facility where care is given.
animal-assisted therapy (AAT) the practice of bringing pets into a facility or home to provide stimulation and companionship
assisted living residences for people who do not need skilled, 24-hour care, but do require some help with daily care.
care team a group of people with different kinds of education and experience who provide resident care.
chain of command the order of authority within a facility
charge nurse (nurse-in-charge) a nurse responsible for a team of healthcare workers.
chronic long-term or long-lasting.
cite in a long term care facility, to find a problem through a survey.
conscientious guided by a sense of right and wrong
continuity of care an ongoing coordination of a resident's care over time, during which the care team is regularly exchanging information and is working toward shared goals.
courteous polite, kind and considerate.
delegation transferring responsibility to a person for a specific task.
dementia a serious loss of mental abilities, such as thinking, remembering, reasoning, and communicating.
diagnosis the identification of a disease or other problems by its signs and symptoms and from the results of different tests.
empathetic identifying with and understanding another's feelings.
first impression a way of classifying or categorizing someone or something at the first meeting.
functional nursing method of care that involves assigning specific tasks to each team member.
holistic care that involves the whole person; this includes his or her physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs.
home health care care that takes place in a person's home.
hospice care care for people who have approximately six months or less to live; care is available until the person dies.
inter-generational care mixing children and the elderly in the same care setting.
Joint Commission a not-for-profit organization that evaluates and accredits different types of health care facilities.
length of stay the number of days a person stays in a health care facility.
liability a legal term that means a person can be held responsible for harming someone else.
licensed practice nurse (LPN) or licensed vocational nurse (LVN) a licensed nurse who administers medications, gives treatments, and may supervise the daily care of residents.
long-term care 24 hour care provided for people with ongoing conditions who are generally unable to manage their activities of daily living.
Medicaid a medical assistance program for people in low incomes, as well as people with disabilities.
Medicare a federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, and disabled, or are ill and cannot work.
nursing assistant (NA) a person who performs assigned nursing tasks and gives personal care.
outpatient care care given to people who have had treatments, procedures, or surgery and do not require an overnight stay in the hospital or other care facility.
person-centered care type of care that places the emphasis on the person needing care and his or her individuality and capabilities.
policy a course of action to be followed.
primary nursing a method of care in which the registered nurse gives much of the daily care to the resident.
procedure a method, or way, of doing something.
professionalism the act of behaving properly for a certain job.
registered nurse (RN) a licensed nurse who assesses residents, creates a care plan, monitors progress, provides skilled nursing care, gives treatments and medications, and supervises the care given by nursing assistants and other members of the care team.
rehabilitation a program of care given by a specialist to restore or improve function after an illness or injury.
resident a person living in a long-term care facility.
sandwich generation people responsible for the care of both their children and their aging relatives.
skilled care medically necessary care given by a skilled nurse or therapist.
subacute care care for an illness or condition given to people who need less care than for an acute (sudden onset, short-term) illness or injury but more than for a chronic (long-term) illness.
team leader a nurse in charge of a group of residents for one shift of duty.
team nursing method of care in which a nurse acts as a leader of a group of people giving care.
trustworthy deserving the trust of others.

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