She punched a code on the keypad and we went through the doors. My acronym anxiety immediately increased. As we toured the community, she bombarded me with code words: ADLs, CNAs, LPNs, MSU, SDP, LTC, DNR and DON. At least one reference every few sentences was a mystery to me.
I understand that language often is reduced to code so people inside a specific field can communicate quickly. But I was new to this, and already distressed just at the idea of assisted living for someone I love.
After touring 3 or 4 facilities, I began to remember what some of the acronyms meant
In Retrospect, I Think it Would be Best to Have a Decoder Ring BEFORE You Begin a Purchase as Emotionally and Financially Important as Assisted Living
So, here is a downloadable Learn The Lingo cheat sheet. It doesn’t have every term you’ll encounter, but it has some acronyms ever Alzheimer's caregiver needs to know.
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