Independent living can open up a new world of opportunities for retirees. There are varying levels of assistance depending on the needs of loved ones as well as numerous options depending on their health, financial status and age. Below is a glossary which will help retirees and their loved ones understand the common terms which are used within retirement communities and associations.

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

These are basic activities which are performed every day on behalf of residents, such as grooming, bathing, dressing, dining and the management of medications.

Active Senior Apartments

These are the dwellings that residents will reside in after becoming members of GreenTree At Westwood. Our domiciles are spacious, private, comfortable, quiet and ergonomically sound.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is an advanced neurodegenerative condition which requires special care. It is often the primary cause of dementia and its symptoms include memory difficulties along with problems involving language, motivation loss, behavioral challenges and mood swings.

Continence Management

This involves assistance for members who are having difficulties managing their bowel or bladder. We accomplish this by demonstrating techniques that will maintain the health of these body parts.


Dementia is a condition in which the brain becomes damaged as the result of disease or injury. Its symptoms involve a gradual impairment of thinking, behavior and memory, which inhibits a person’s ability to perform daily functions.

Emergency Call Response System

These are medical alert devices which give residents the ability to call for help in the event of an emergency. Most of these devices are made to be worn at all times so that residents will receive timely assistance when they need it.

Glucose Monitoring and Insulin Management

Glucose monitoring involves using glucose meters to determine the glucose blood concentration, which is also referred to as glycemia. Insulin management prevents complications involving diabetes through keeping blood sugar within a desirable target range.

Independent Senior Living

This is a senior lifestyle option that allows aging residents to live independently in a safe environment with only minimal assistance. It includes hospitality services like meal preparation, laundry and housekeeping.


This is a state and federal program designed to help those who are 65 years of age and older manage their healthcare costs.


This is nationalized health insurance for Americans who are 65 years of age and above, but might also apply to younger persons with disabilities.

Medication Management

This involves cost-effective and clinical usage of medication to ensure that patients gain the maximum benefit while reducing the likelihood of adverse side effects.

Senior Assisted Living

Assisted living consists of providing residency for aging individuals or those who have disabilities that require routine daily assistance along with medical care access.

Memory Care

Memory care provides a structured and safe environment for those who are suffering from either dementia or Alzheimer’s. It is designed to minimize stress while providing assistance for personalized tasks.

Veteran Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs may provide compensation to aging veterans for covering their assisted living costs. This includes caregiver support, therapy, nursing assistance and help with daily living activities.

To learn more about our senior living community in GreenTree At Westwood, feel free to contact us today!