Glossary of Aging

Adult Day Care—Structured programs with stimulating social activities, nutritious meals and snacks in a protective environment. The participant is usually brought to the center in the morning and returns home with the caregiver later in the day. Examples are Peg Taylor Adult Day Health Care and The Country Club at Country Village.

Aging in Place—A concept that advocates allowing a resident to choose to remain in his/her living environment regardless of the physical and/or mental decline that may occur with the aging process. In some cases, state licensing regulations will determine if the individual must move.

Assisted Living or Residential Care for the Elderly—Licensed by the State of California, this is a special combination of housing, personalized supportive services and health care designed to meet the needs - both scheduled and unscheduled - of those who need help with activities of daily living. Examples are The Country House and The Country Commons.

Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)—A continuing care retirement community that offers several levels of assistance including independent living, assisted living and nursing home care. Example is Country Crest in Oroville.

Independent Living—A residential living setting that may or may not provide hospitality or supportive services. Under this living arrangement, the senior adult leads an independent lifestyle that requires no assistance. Examples in the Chico area are Oakmont, Sycamore Glen, and The Terraces.

Respite Care—Short-term care given to a senior by another caregiver or facility so that the primary caregiver can rest or take time off. This type of care was created to allow caregivers time away from caregiving, with the goal to help the caregivers have lower stress and at the same time fill the needs of the individual receiving care.

Skilled Nursing Facility—Nursing Home: Provides 24 hour skilled care for the more acute patients. One step below hospital acute care. Regular medical supervision and rehabilitation therapy are mandated to be available, and nursing homes are eligible to participate in Medicare and Medi-Cal. Examples are Twin Oaks, Chico Care Center, and Chico Creek Care Center.