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
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
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.
Local programs provide seniors with nutritious meals in a group setting.
Elderly and/or disabled persons who qualify for benefits under both
the Medi-Cal and Medicare programs.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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