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ADULT CARE HOME / RESIDENTIAL FACILITY

Community Health

A residence which offers housing and personal care services to a number of residents. Services (such as meals, supervision and transportation) are usually provided by the owner or manager. Usually 24-hour professional health care is not provided on site. See also “assisted living facility”.... Community Health

BOARD AND CARE HOME

Community Health

See “adult care home”.... Community Health

CARE HOME

Community Health

A residential facility that provides accommodation and offers a range of care and support services. Care homes may provide a limited number of services to support low dependency or may provide a wide range of services to cater for the continuum from low to high dependency care. See “assisted living facility”; “high dependency care facility”.... Community Health

GROUP HOME

Community Health

A house in which people have their own rooms but there are communal facilities. Staff may live in to offer support.... Community Health

HOME ADAPTATION

Community Health

See “adaptation”.... Community Health

HOME FOR THE AGED

Community Health

See “residential care”; “assisted living facility”; “high dependency care facility”.... Community Health

HOME HEALTH AGENCY (HHA) / HOME HEALTH CARE AGENCY

Community Health

A public or private organization that provides home health services supervised by a licensed health professional in a person’s home, either directly or through arrangements with other organizations.... Community Health

HOME HEALTH AIDE

Community Health

A person who, under the supervision of a home health or social service agency, assists an older, ill or disabled person with household chores, bathing, personal care and other daily living needs. See also “community-based service”.... Community Health

HOME HEALTH CARE / HOME CARE

Community Health

See “domiciliary care”.... Community Health

HOME HELP

Community Health

A person or a service providing practical help in the home, such as household chores, to support an older person with disabilities to remain living in his/her own home.... Community Health

HOME IMPROVEMENT AGENCY

Community Health

An organization offering advice and practical assistance to older people who need to repair, improve or adapt their homes.... Community Health

HOME MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

Community Health

Equipment, such as hospital beds, wheelchairs and prosthetics, provided by an agency and used at home.... Community Health

HOME VISITS

Community Health

Professional visits in the home.... Community Health

HOME-FROM-HOSPITAL / HOSPITAL AFTER-CARE SCHEMES

Community Health

Schemes providing nursing care, personal care or practical help for older people who have returned home after a stay in hospital.... Community Health

HOMEBOUND / HOUSEBOUND

Community Health

Generally unable to leave the house, or only for a short time.... Community Health

HOMEMAKER SERVICE

Community Health

A home help service for meal preparation, shopping, light housekeeping, money management, personal hygiene and grooming, and laundry.... Community Health

HOMEOPATHY

Herbal Medical

Homeopathic medicationAlmost two centuries old, it is a system of medicine in which the treatment of disease (symptom pictures) depends on the administration of minute doses (attenuations) of substances that would, in larger doses, produce the same symptoms as the disease being treated. Homeopaths don’t like that “disease” word, preferring to match symptoms, not diagnostic labels. Although by no means harmless, homeopathic doses are devoid of drug toxicity. Many practitioners these days prefer high, almost mythic potencies, sometimes resorting to a virtual “laying on of hands” to attain the alleged remedy. When M.D.s used homeopathy frequently (turn of the century), there were violent battles between low potency advocates and the high potency charismatics. Some preferred low potencies or even mother tinctures (herbs!), which I find quite reasonable (naturally), such as Boericke. Others sought ever higher and higher potencies, tantamount to dropping an Arnica petal in Lake Superior in September and extracting a drop of water at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River the following April. Kent and Clarke were such homeopaths. Philosophically, to me, we are all surrounded in a subtle tide of unimaginably complex pollutants and organochemical recombinants...all low and middle potency homeopathic attenuations...our milieu itself is Mother Nosode...how can we be expected to respond to elegant but unimaginably subtle influences when our very bones radiate a low-potency gray noise. If you have no idea what I am talking about, just consider it a family argument.

... Herbal Medical

HOMEOPATHY

Medical Dictionary

A system of medicine based on the theory that a disease should be combated by giving drugs which would produce symptoms of the disease in an otherwise healthy individual.... Medical Dictionary

HOMEOPATHY

Community Health

A system of medicine founded by Hahnemann at the end of the 18th century. It is based upon the theory that diseases are curable by those drugs which produce e?ects on the body similar to symptoms caused by the disease (similia similibus curantur). In administering drugs, the theory is also held that their e?ect is increased by giving them in minute doses obtained by substantially diluting them.... Community Health

HOMEOSTASIS

Medical Dictionary

The normal physiological process which ensures that the body’s internal systems, such as its metabolism, blood pressure and body temperature, maintain an equilibrium whatever the conditions of the outside environment. For example, the body temperature remains at around 37 °C (98.4 °F) in a cold or a hot climate.... Medical Dictionary

HOMER

Medical Dictionary

(American) A tomboyish woman Homar, Homir, Homyr, Homur, Homor... Medical Dictionary

HOMESHARE

Community Health

A scheme whereby a householder offers a bedroom and a share of the home’s facilities and pays a small contribution to someone in exchange for services.... Community Health

HOSPITAL-AT-HOME SCHEME

Community Health

Home-based specialist medical care used to shorten hospital stays or prevent hospital admission.... Community Health

IN HOME HEALTH SERVICE

Community Health

A service provided in the home by a home health agency or a residential services agency. It may be provided by personal care attendants or home health aides hired privately and informally, or through staff agencies or registries.... Community Health

INTERIM NURSING HOME CARE

Community Health

Care provided in geriatric centres and acute hospitals to older persons who are in need of limited medical care and who are awaiting nursing home placement.... Community Health

LIFETIME HOME

Community Health

Housing built to be adaptable to people’s changing needs, thus avoiding the need for expensive and disruptive adaptations.... Community Health

NURSING HOME

Community Health

See “high dependency care facility”.... Community Health

PSYCHOMETRICS

Medical Dictionary

The use of standardised psychological tests to measure di?erences in functions – for example, intelligence and personality – in individuals.... Medical Dictionary