Abbreviations List and Dementia Support Forum Jargon

AliceW

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An updated list, credited to PamD.

Here is a list of some abbreviations which crop up on the community (and at the end a small "Jargon" section).

A
AA - Alzheimers Association (an AMERICAN organisation)
AA - Attendance Allowance
ABI - Acquired Brain Injury
ABs - Antibiotics
AD - Alzheimer's Disease
ADLs - Activities of Daily Living
AKA - Also Known As
ALF - Assisted Living Facility (perhaps US terminology)
AM - Assembly Member (Wales)
AMHP - Approved Mental Health Practitioner
AQAA - Annual Quality Assurance Assessment (self-assessment by care homes etc)
AS - Alzheimers Society
AZ - Alzheimers Disease
B
BIL- Brother in Law
BM - Bowel Movement
BP - Blood Pressure
BTW - By The Way
C
CA - Carer's Allowance
CAB - Citizens Advice Bureau
CAT - Computer Aided Tomography – xray examination of the body displayed as sections
CBD - CorticoBasal Degeneration (=CBGD)
CBGD - CorticoBasal Ganglionic Degeneration (=CBD)
CCF - Congestive Cardiac Failure
CCSVI - Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency
C Diff or maybe CD - clostridium difficile (a "superbug")
CD - Chronic diarrohea
CDN - Community Dementia Nurse
CH - Care Home
CHC - Continuing Health Care (NHS)
CJD - Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
CLA - Community Legal Advice
CMHN - Community Mental Health Nurse
CoP - Court of Protection
COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CP - Caring Partner
CPA - Care Programme Approach
CPN - Community Psychiatric Nurse
CQC - Care Quality Commission
CRAG - Charging for Residential Accommodation Guidelines
CSCI - Commission for Social Care Inspection
CSSIW - Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
CST - Cognitive Stimulation Therapy
CT scan = CAT scan = Computer Aided Tomography
CVA - Cerebrovascular Accident (stroke)
D
D&V - Diarrhea and Vomiting
DACS- Department of Adult Care and Support
DC - Day Centre / Day Care
DD/DS/DH/DW - Dear/Darling Daughter/Son/Husband/Wife (etc)
DIL - Daughter In Law
DLA - Disability Living Allowance
DLB - Dementia with Lewy Bodies
DN – District Nurse
DNR - Do Not Resuscitate
DoLS - Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
DP - Direct Payments
DPA - Data Protection Act
DST - Decision Support Tool
DVLA - Driver and Vehicle Licencing Authority
DVT - Deep Vein Thrombosis
DW - Dear Wife
DWP - Department of Work and Pensions
Dx - Diagnosis OR Discharge (from hospital)
E
ECG - Electro Cardiogram
ECT - Electro Convulsive Therapy
EDC - Enhanced Day Care/Centre
EEG - Electro Encephalogram (Electrodes attached to the brain to monitor brain activity)
EMH - Elderly Mental Health (unit, team, nurse, etc)
EMI - Elderly Mentally Infirm (unit, team, etc)look
EMD - Elderly Mentally Dependent (unit, team, etc)w
EMDASS - early memory diagnosis and support services.
EMU - Elderly Mobility Unit - a ward that the elderly are taken if a break is suspected
EOAD - Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease
EOD- Early Onset Dementia
EPA - Enduring Power of Attorney (replaced by LPA)
ESA - Employment and Support Allowance (successor to Incapacity Benefit)
F
FACE - Functional Analysis of the Care Environment
FACS - Fair Access to Care Services
FAST - Face, Arms, Speech, Time (to call 999) - Stroke signs reminder
FFCHC - Fully Funded Continuing Health Care
FIL - Father in law
FNC - NHS-funded nursing care
FOI - Freedom of Information Act
FTD - Frontotemporal Dementia
FTL - Fronto Temporal Lobal Disease
G
GA - General Anaesthetic
GMC - General Medical Council
GP - General Practitioner (family doctor)
GSF - Gold Standards Framework (an end of life care framework)
H
HMRC - His Majesty's Revenue and Customs (the tax man)
I
ICAS - Independent Complaints Advocacy Service
ICO - Information Commissioner's Office (Data Protection, Freedom of Information etc)
IHT - Inheritance Tax
IMCA - Independent Mental Capacity Advocate
IMHO/IMO - In My (Humble) Opinion
J
JSA - Job Seeker's Allowance (unemployment benefit)
L
LA - Local Authority (the council)
LBD - Lewy Body Dementia, also called Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB)
LFT - Liver Function Test
LHB - Local Health Board (Wales)
LO - Loved One
LOL - Laughing Out Loud OR Lots of Love
LPA - Lasting Power of Attorney (successor to EPA)
M
MAR - Medication Administration Record (kept by care homes etc)
MCA - Mental Capacity Act
MDT - Multi Disciplinary Team
MEP - Member of the European Parliament
MIL- Mother in law
MMSE - Mini Mental State Examination
MND - Motor Neurone Disease
MOD/MODERATOR - See Jargon section at end
MP - Member of Parliament
MRI scan - scanning with Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRSA - Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (a "superbug")
MSP - Member of the Scottish Parliament
MI - Multiple Infarction
N
NF - National Framework (for NHS Continuing Healthcare)
NH - Nursing Home
NHS - National Health Service (for the benefit of our overseas readers!)
NHS CC - NHS Continuing Care
NHS CHC - NHS Continuing Healthcare
NICE - National Institute for Clinical Excellence
NOK - Next Of Kin
O
OH - Other Half (spouse or partner)
OMG - Oh My God!
OP - Original Poster (ie the person who started the "Thread")
OPG - Office of the Public Guardian
OT - Occupational Therapist
P
PALS - Patient Advice and Liaison Service
PC - Personal Computer OR Pension Credit
PCA - Posterior Cortical Atrophy (also referred to as Benson's syndrome)
PCT -Primary Care Trust/ local health authorities now
PDSG- Picks Disease Support Group
PEG - Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (a feeding tube is inserted directly into the abdomen)
PET (scan) - Positron Emission Tomography
PHN - Primary Health Need
PICU - Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (in the USA and Oz, pediatric intensive care unit)
PIP - Personal Independence Payment (to replace DLA in 2013/14)
PM - Private Message See Jargon section at end
POA - Power Of Attorney
POC - Package Of Care
POV - Point Of View
POVA - Protection of Vulnerable Adults
PRIVATE MESSAGE - See Jargon section at end
PRN - (of medication) To be given as required (Latin: Pro Re Nata)
PWD- people/person with dementia
R

RMN - Registered Mental Nurse
RNCC - Registered Nursing Care Contribution
S
SALT - Speech And Language Therapy/ist
SAP - Single Assessment Process
SF - Step-Father
SHA - Strategic Health Authority
SIL - Sister in Law OR Son in Law
SM - Step-Mother
SMI - Severely Mentally Impaired (as in Council Tax exemption)
SNH - Skilled Nursing Home (perhaps US terminology)
SOVA or SVAA - Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults Act 2006
SPECAL - Special Early Care for Alzheimer's
SPECT scan - Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography scan
SS - Social Services (department of the Local Authority)
STICKY - See Jargon section at end
SU - Service User
SW - Social Worker
T
TBH - To Be Honest
TFT - Thyroid Function Test
THREAD - See Jargon section at end
TIA - Transient ischaemic attack (mini-stroke) OR Thanks In Advance
TP - Talking Point - the previous name of the community
TV - Tissue Viability (as in TV nurse, looking at pressure sores etc)
U
UCR- Urgent Community Response
UTI - Urinary Tract Infection.
U&E's - Ureas & Electrolytes = testing for potassium levels
V
VA - Vulnerable Adult
VaD or VD - Vascular Dementia

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Also
DSF - Dementia Support Forum
EOL - End Of Life
ICB - Integrated Care Board
ICP - Integrated Care Partnership
ICS - integrated Care System
IM - Intramuscular (into a muscle)
IV - Intravenous (into a vein)
SC - Subcutaneous (under the skin)
 
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