Elder Law Glossary

Caregiver – A person who directs seniors with everyday activities such as finance, guidance, and health care.

Elder Abuse – A term used to describe harm being done to seniors. Done by mostly family members or nursing homes because of the lack of knowledge and vulnerability issues seniors have.


Elder Abuse Prevention Programs – A program used to educate seniors on how to avoid abuse and negligence. The program studies when and where seniors are mostly exploited.

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Legal Assistance – Advice given to seniors on issues concerning legal matters. The issues include government benefits, housing rights, and company behaviors.


Long Term Care – Services provided to people with long term health problems. Services include medical, nursing, and security.


Long Term Care Ombudsman – Usually a local or state concern; it deals with improving the quality of living for seniors in the nursing homes.


Medicaid – Assistance with health care from the state government to those with low incomes. 


Medicare – Eligible to only seniors and a few handicapped individuals. It is an insurance program that pays for the medical bills as well as doctor bills.


Respite Care – Used for families that have either impaired young and/or elders in their home with short term assistance. Brief care is usually given to family members due to the lack of time available.


Senior Centers – A location made for seniors to prevail. Their center consists of career services, volunteer centers, medical centers, and social services to help seniors. It also can be used as a getaway for seniors to enjoy companionship with each other.

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