CAADS - California Association for Adult Day Services




Adult Day Health Care (ADHC)
ADHC centers provide daytime, community-based programs to serve the specialized needs of frail elders or others with physical or mental impairments, including medical, rehabilitative and social services to reduce the risk of hospitalization and nursing home placement.

Adult Day Program
ADC and ADS centers provide daytime, community-based non-medical care to adults in need of personal care, assistance with activities for daily living, supervision and/or protection, including social, psychosocial and other support services.

Adult Protective Services (APS)
APS investigates and evaluates abuse, neglect or exploitation of dependent and elderly adults, including reporting, needs assessment, crisis intervention, emergency shelter, adult respite care and referral services.

Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Center (ADCRC)
ADCRCs provide day care for adults in the moderate to severe stages of Alzheimer’s disease, or other related dementias, and provide respite, educational services and support for families, caregivers and the community.

Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
AAA is a local agency that plans and coordinates programs and services for persons 60 years of age and older, as authorized by the Older Americans Act. AAAs serve as an access point for persons needing information or services for seniors, families and caregivers, provides advocacy, information and assistance, local planning, funding allocations, and monitoring of services.

Brown Bag
The Brown Bag program provides volunteers who collect and distribute surplus food to low income seniors.

Caregiver Resource Centers (CRCs)
CRCs provide services to support and assist families and caregivers who care for adults with cognitive impairments--Alzheimer's disease, stroke, and traumatic brain injury, etc. Services are designed to deter institutionalization, allow caregivers to maintain a normal routine, and promote quality care.

Congregate Meals
Local programs provide seniors with nutritious meals in a group setting.

Dual Eligibles
Elderly and/or disabled persons who qualify for benefits under both the Medi-Cal and Medicare programs.

Foster Grandparents
Foster grandparents are very low income seniors who volunteer as one-on-one mentors and tutors to children and youth with special needs or who are at risk.

Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Programs (HICAP)
HICAP provides community education to the public and objective, individualized counseling and advocacy services to Medicare beneficiaries of any age addressing Medicare benefits, Medicare supplemental insurance plans, managed care, and long term care insurance in California.

Home Delivered Meals
Local programs prepare and deliver nutritious meals to homebound seniors.

Home Health Agencies (HHA)
Nurses, therapists and other health professionals visit and provide authorized medical care in an individual’s home, such as nursing, personal care, physical, speech and occupational therapy, medical social services, dietary counseling, and/or hospice care for the dying.

Independent Living Centers (ILCs)
ILCs provide peer counseling, advocacy, training in independent living skills, attendant referral, housing assistance, and information and referral services to maximize options for independence for persons with disabilities.

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
IHSS provides chore and personal care services—meal preparation, shopping, transportation, help with dressing, grooming, bathing, and some limited health care--for seniors and those with disabilities to help them to remain safely in their homes.

Linkages provides four levels of services ranging from in-depth information assistance to case management. Linkages serves elderly as well as younger functionally impaired adults at risk of institutionalized.

Long Term Care Innovation Grants
A California Department of Aging initiative to develop and administer local grants expanding community-based adult care alternatives to nursing homes.

Long Term Care Integration Pilot Projects (LTCIPPs)
A California Department of Health Services program administrating grants to counties for planning and coordinating how to integrate services for seniors and those with disabilities.

Long Term Care Options
Counties not participating in AB 1040 grants, but interested in learning more about options to proceed with LTC system improvements in their own communities.

Medi-Cal Recipients
Individuals who qualify for health coverage from the state’s Medi-Cal program, which is the federal Medicaid program from those with limited incomes and/or special health care needs.

A federal program that pays for health care services for U.S. citizens 65 and older, or who have permanent disabilities. There are no income eligibility criteria for the program, but there are limitations on coverage.

Multi-purpose Senior Service Programs (MSSP)
MSSP provides social and health case management and assistance to seniors 65 and over (and others)--who are eligible for Medi-Cal and certifiable for skilled nursing care--to remain safely at home.

Nursing Facility (NF)
NFs are licensed health facilities that provide 24-hour nursing care prescribed by a physician—housing, meals, medical, nursing, therapy, dietary, and activity services--to the elderly or others with special needs.
Hospital-based NFs are a distinct part or unit of an acute hospital and free-standing NFs are not.

Professional staff and trained volunteers investigate and resolve complaints made by or on behalf of residents of long term care facilities.

Poverty Level
Federal poverty thresholds used by the Census Bureau: $8,590 in annual income for an individual and $17,650 for a family of four (February 2001).

Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
PACE is a program that provides care to at risk seniors and others eligible for nursing facility (NF) services through an adult day health care model and is capitated to cover all costs of care from physician to hospital/home.

Planning and Service Area (PSA)
California is divided into 33 geographic PSAs, each with a designated Area Agency on Aging, which provides information, as well as plans and coordinates services to seniors, their families and caregivers.

Residential Care for the Elderly (RCFE)
RCFEs are licensed facilities that provide non-skilled nursing services—housing, meals, supervision, assistance and activities--on a 24-hour basis to the elderly, the physically disabled or those who are developmentally disabled.

Senior Companions
Senior companions are very low income seniors who volunteer and provide light respite care one-on-one to frail elders, including chores, errands, and friendly visits, so they can continue to live independently.

Supplemental Security Income / State Supplemental Payment (SSI/SSP)
SSI is a cash payment designed to increase the monthly income of the elderly and disabled to a minimum amount deemed necessary to live by the federal government. SSP is an additional amount that California chooses to pay above the federal limit.


California Association for Adult Day Services
1107 9th Street, Suite 701
Sacramento, California 95814-3610
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