Life Care Planning, simply put, is a holistic approach to coping with challenges of long-life or long-term disability. The practice of life care planning involves identifying present and potential future care needs, locating appropriate care, and making connections to resources to promote high-quality care.
The goal of Life Care Planning is to promote and maintain the health, safety, well-being, and quality of life of elders or those living with long-term disabilities. Kentucky ElderLaw helps families understand the natural progression of aging and its impact on a loved one’s health, mobility, housing, and financial resources.
What services does a Life Care Plan include?
Life Care Plans are customized to meet the needs of the individual and family. Services include legal services, care coordination, client advocacy, and Medicare and insurance support.
The legal issues created by aging, illness, chronic conditions, or disability can be overwhelming. A Life Care Plan usually includes access to elder law and estate planning legal services designed to help protect the individual, as well as the family caring for the individual.
Many families need help coordinating care that their loved ones require as their conditions progress and their required care changes. Kentucky ElderLaw works to connect the families and their loved ones with care providers who can assist at those various stages. This can be especially helpful when family members live out of town or have busy lives.
People have a legal right to safe, effective, and patient-centered health care and long-term care. Our Life Care Plan program protects those rights. Our attorneys and staff provide advocacy services that empower family and caregivers and protect quality of life for elders.
Who is a good candidate for a Life Care Plan?
A Life Care Plan is appropriate for individuals
, coping with chronic illnesses or aging. A Life Care Plan is also needed for individuals who are disabled in other physical, cognitive, or developmental ways.
When is the right time to create a Life Care Plan?
The right time is when an issue arises that leaves you concerned about your loved one’s future care. If a person’s condition is deteriorating or his care is becoming a strain for his family, it’s time to make that call to Kentucky ElderLaw. Issues to consider are a diagnosis, a catastrophic accident, a medical event, a concern over current care, or the stress load of the current caregiver.
It is best to consider a Life Care Plan before you are in a crisis situation. Your loved one and family will be a lot more at ease if you make these plans and arrangements in advance without having to rush through the planning process while also having to deal with the stress of caring for your loved one.
If you are ready to begin Life Care Planning for yourself or on behalf of a loved one, call Kentucky ElderLaw today for a consultation.