Life Care Planning: Crucial For Your Future

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, PLLC, 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.

Who Is A Good Candidate For A Life Care Plan?

A life care plan is appropriate for individuals who are 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 her care is becoming a strain for the family, it’s time to make that call to our firm. 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. You will be 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.

Estate Planning Medicaid/VA Planning Life Care Planning
Care CoordinationMany families need help coordinating care that their loved ones require as their conditions progress. Our elder care coordinators work to connect families 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.
Client Advocacy People have a legal right to safe, effective, and patient-centered long-term care. Our life care plan program protects those rights. Our attorneys and elder care coordinators provide advocacy services that empower family and caregivers and protect the quality of life of elders.
Asset Protection A vital part of long-term care planning. It can protect your finances and assets, even when you are in an expensive nursing home.
Medicaid Benefits Medicaid helps pay for the nursing home and home care (and in some states assisted living) for those who qualify. We position you to obtain benefits without spending all of your own assets.
VA Benefits Benefits for veterans and their surviving spouses to help pay for home care, assisted living, or the nursing home.  These benefits are available even if the veteran did not retire from the military, serve overseas, or suffer injuries while on duty.
Estate PlanningCreation of a strong power of attorney that allows for long-term care planning; a will and/or trust that helps protect assets where appropriate and makes things easier on loved ones when you pass; a health care surrogate so whom you choose will determine your health care if you cannot; and a living will so you make your end-of-life decisions rather than making your family  do that.

Get A Free Consultation About Life Care Planning

If you are ready to begin life care planning for yourself or on behalf of a loved one, call Kentucky ElderLaw, PLLC, today for a consultation. You can reach our Louisville office at 502-581-1111 or our Bowling Green office at 270-467-0002. You can also send our office an email.