Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions, and definitions related to the care and well-being of the elderly


What is assisted living?

A system of housing and limited care that is designed for senior citizens who need some assistance with day-to-day activities but are not sufficiently incapacitated to require care in a nursing home and that usually includes private quarters, meals, personal assistance, housekeeping aid, monitoring of medications, and nurses' visits.


What is a skilled nursing facility?

A health-care institution that meets federal criteria for Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement for nursing care including especially the supervision of the care of every patient by a physician, the employment full-time of at least one registered nurse, the maintenance of records concerning the care and condition of every patient, the availability of nursing care 24 hours a day, the presence of facilities for storing and dispensing drugs, and the implementation of a utilization review plan.


What is hospice?

A program designed to provide palliative care and emotional support to the terminally ill in a home or homelike setting so that quality of life is maintained and family members may be active participants in care. If your loved one is in need of hospice, please contact us.

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What is physical therapy?

Therapy for the preservation, enhancement, or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disability, injury, or disease that utilizes therapeutic exercise, physical modalities (as massage and electrotherapy), assistive devices, and patient education and training.

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What is occupational therapy?

Therapy based on engagement in meaningful activities of daily life (such as self-care skills, education, work, or social interaction) especially to enable or encourage participation in such activities despite impairments or limitations in physical or mental functioning.

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What is speech therapy?

Therapeutic treatment of speech and swallowing defects.

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Can my loved one receive physical, occupational or speech therapy while residing at The Potomac House?

Yes. With physician orders we can assist in arranging in-home therapy or out-patient therapy for those in need.

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What is an advanced directive?

A written statement of a person's wishes regarding medical treatment, often including a living will, made to ensure those wishes are carried out should the person be unable to communicate them to a doctor.