Explanations of the words and phrases used by Medicare are in the Medicare Glossary.
Bathing — One of the activities of daily living — Washing oneself by sponge bath, taking a shower, or taking a bath in a tub. This activity includes the task of getting into or out of the tub or shower.
Beneficiary — A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity or other contract. Someone covered by Medicare is also called a beneficiary.
Benefit Period — The number of years an insurance policy will provide benefits. Many long-term care insurance policies offer buyers a choice of between three and five years; some offer lifetime benefits.
Benefit Trigger — A condition that must exist in order for an insurance company to pay benefits under a long-term care insurance policy.
Benefits — Monetary sums paid or payable to a person insured under an insurance policy, or to someone else, such as a health care provider, to whom the insured person has assigned the benefits.
Board and Care Home — A small to medium-sized group residence that provides residents with a private or shared room, and meals. These homes offer some assistance with activities of daily living, but not skilled nursing.