Jargon Busting

Many words and phrases are used by Care Professionals that may be confusing to "normal" people. This is a brief jargon busting explanation of some of the common ones:

  • UTI - Urinary Tract Infection. Infection in the bladder or urethra, or somewhere else in the urinary system. They're really common, especially in women, and can usually be treated with antibiotics, but they can cause pain and confusion if they're not treated. Can be a result of not drinking enough fluids
  • TIA - Transient Ischaemic Attack. This is a mini-stroke, often caused by a disruption to the blood supply to the brain, Can cause the same symptoms as a stroke (speech or visual disturbance, numbness in the face, arms or legs) but the symptoms usually only last for a day or so
  • Dementia. This is a single term used to refer to a group of symptoms affecting memory and thinking. It isn't a specific disease but there are many different diseases that can cause it. There are over 200 different types of dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease and Vascular Dementia

We hope these explanations are useful. Please contact Home Instead on 01276 903106 if you would like to see more brief explanations of jargon you have come across added to this list