A Life Care Plan, simply put, is the 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.
What is a Life Care Plan?
A Life Care Plan involves every aspect of care from care coordination to other forms of family support. 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, Medicare and insurance support.
The legal issues created by aging, illness, chronic conditions, or disability can be overwhelming. Every Life Care Plan includes access to legal services designed to help protect the individual, as well as the family caring for the individual. These legal services include such areas as elder law, estate planning, and advocacy services.
Many families need help coordinating care that their loved one requires and the decision-making as the elder’s condition progresses and the required care changes.
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 immediately after any event 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. Events 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.