Glossary of Terms

CNA: Certified Nursing Assistant

Consistent Assignment: Having the same staff working with the same residents so they become familiar with their cares and needs.

Culture Change: It is a transformation of older adult services, based on person-directed values and practices where the voices of elders and those working with them are considered and respected.

Household: A cozy homelike environment that includes the following: living room with fireplace, central dining room, private dining room for families, individual kitchens, laundry facility, private resident rooms, one semi-private room for couples.

LPN: Licensed Practical Nurse

NA: Nursing Assistant

Neighborhood: A specialized environment that has its own unique character and feel. It is comprised of 2 different “households” that house 13 residents in each household.

Resident: A person who resides in a particular place permanently or for an extended period of time.

RN: Registered Nurse

Social Model: a model of long-term care that focuses on individual wants and needs and creates a homelike setting. Residents are granted autonomy and encouraged to make their own life decisions. In contrast, the hospital/medical model of the 1950s focused on standardized, institutional care for a large group of individuals with a concentration on staff efficiency.

Town Center: The heart of social activity within the new facility that incorporates the following: beauty/barber shop with manicure station, chapel, country store, café, library with Internet café, large gathering hall, and lobby.

Universal Worker: A staff member who is cross trained in several areas to help accommodate the needs of the residents.