Home Health Care Glossary

This glossary is to help our home health care community better understand the terms used in relation to care. Please book mark this page for future reference or download our printable version HERE.

Legislative Advocacy Center BAYADA initiated online government affairs resource to help employees, clients, and community members participate in the political process and influence the laws and policies that affect how home health care is provided to those who need it most. Click here for more information about BAYADA advocacy
Licensure The granting of a license that gives BAYADA offices permission to open, operate, and provide services.
Limitations A “cap” or limit to the amount of services that may be provided. It may be the maximum cost or number of days that a service or treatment is covered.
Live-in care Care provided by a non-relative living in the client or patient’s home.
Living trust A trust is an arrangement in which one or more people manage or take care of property for someone else's benefit. A living trust is a trust that is created during your lifetime. In other words, while you are still alive, you transfer title to your property from your name to that of the trustee of the living trust. You can use the trust to gather your property under one document, so that the property is distributed efficiently after your death.
Living will A legal document that makes known a person’s wishes regarding medical treatments at the end of life.
Long-term care Long-term care is health care services provided for an extended period of time to patients of all ages with severe chronic diseases or disabilities involving substantial functional impairment. This care can range from skilled medical care to personal assistance with activities of daily living. Click here for more information about long-term-care
Long-term home care Long-term home care is long-term care services provided in the comfort of a person's home.
Long-term Care Insurance (LTC) Insurance that is purchased by an individual to cover nursing care provided in a nursing home or assisted living facility (ALF); home health care or personal care services for activities of daily living (ADLs); or dementia care via home health, respite care, hospice care, and adult daycare. Long-term care insurance plans are generally set up to reimburse the client.