Care Givers Glossary
Here are some commonly used aged care terms and acronyms for your reference.
A carer is a person who provides regular and ongoing care and assistance to a dependent person. Often, a carer is a family member, partner, friend or neighbour who freely and willingly provides this support without payment.
Respite care offered periodically or regularly (from two hours to all day) in a persons home.
Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia.
Respite care provided in the home of the person or in the home of a host family.
Respite care (also known as short-term care) is a form of support for carers. It gives you the opportunity to attend to everyday activities and have a break from your caring role. Respite care may be given informally by friends, family or neighbours, or by formal respite services.