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The Nursing Assistant in Long-Term Care

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Accountable
Answerable for one's 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 illnesses or injuries; generally given in hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers
Adaptive Devices
Special equipment that helps a person who is ill or disabled perform ADLs
Adult Daycare
Care given to adults at a facility during daytime work hours
Assisted Living
A residence for people who require some help with daily care, but who need less care than a long-term care facility offers
Care Team
The 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
The term for an illness or condition that is 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;principled
Continuity of Care
Coordination of care for a resident over time, during which the care team is always exchanging information about the resident and working toward shared goals
Courteous
Polite, kind, considerate
Delegation
Transferring authority to a person for a specific task
Dementia
The loss of mental abilities, such as thinking, remembering, reasoning, and communicating
Diagnosis
The identification of disease 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 people at the first meeting
Functional Nursing
Method of care assigning specific tasks to each team member
Holisitic
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 non-for-profit organization that evaluates the accredits different types of healthcare facilities
Length of Stay
The number of days a person stays in a healthcare facility
Liability
A legal term that means a person can be help responsible for harming someone else
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
Licensed nurse who has completed one or two years of education; administers medications, gives treatments, and may supervise daily care of residents
Long-Term Care
24-hour care provided for people with ongoing conditions who are generally unable to manage their ADLs
Nursing Assistant (NA/CNA)
Person who performs assigned nursing tasks and gives personal care
Outpatient Care
Care usually given for less than 24 hours to people who have had treatments, procedures, or surgery
Pet Therapy
The practice of bringing pets into a facility or home to provide stimulation and companionship
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 of the residents
Procedure
A method, or way, or doing something
Professionalism
The act of behaving properly for a certain job
Registered Nurse (RN)
A licensed nurse who has completed two to four years of education; Assess residents, create the care plan, monitor progress, provide skilled nursing care, give treatments, and supervise the care given by nursing assistants and other members of the care team
Rehabilitation
A program of care given by a specialist or a team of specialists to restore or improve function after an illness or injury
Resident
A person living in a long-term care facility
Resident-Focused Care
Method of care in which the resident is the primary focus; residents and their families actively participate in care and their choices are honored by caregivers whenever possible
Sandwich Generation
People responsible for the care of both their children and aging relatives
Skilled Care
Medically-Necessary care given by a skilled nurse for 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