Geriatric Care | Life Care Planning | Services for Seniors
What is life care planning?
Life Care Planning is a new approach to the challenges created by people living longer, with more disabilities, and often with less resources and assistance. It is a holistic approach to the practice of elder law that helps families respond to challenges caused by chronic illness of an elderly loved one. Often families feel overwhelmed by the amount of information and choices, and may not know who to trust. The goal of Life Care Planning is to promote and maintain good health, safety, well-being, and quality of life of elders and their families, all with the advice of independent professionals.
Rather than focusing solely on restructuring assets, our elder-centered law practice works to customize a legal plan that serves as a road map to help the client meet the inevitable challenges of caring for an aging family member. The approach may continue for the duration of the client’s life. Our practice will rely on an inter-disciplinary team (geriatric care manager, nurse, and care coordinator) that works to identify present and potential future care needs, locate appropriate care, and ensure high-quality care. This approach relies less on crisis-oriented responses and more on the development of on-going relationships with families.
The families of the clients we serve want to take good care of their parents; they just don’t know how to do it. Here’s what they DO know: the health care system into which they and their loved ones have now been thrust is fragmented, confusing, inefficient, and may not consistently serve their needs and preferences. If you think about it, families in this situation have three options:
1. DO NOTHING AND HOPE NOTHING BAD HAPPENS
2. DO NOTHING NOW. THEN DO SOMETHING WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS
3. DO SOMETHING BUT WHAT?
Older adults and their families turn to us for help. That’s what we’re here for! It is the purpose of what we do and why we do it.
A Life Care Plan typically includes provisions for care coordination, family education, health care and financial decision-making, care advocacy, crisis intervention, support and other services. Khaled Law has three principal planning goals that we help you develop and implement:
· We help make sure that you get good care, whether that care is at home or outside the traditional home setting. Getting good care is the most important of all goals, for it goes to the very heart of your quality of life in your later years. Your Life Care Plan is focused first on your good health, safety, and well-being.
· We help you make decisions relating to your long-term care and special needs. We are your resource of experienced, supportive, knowledgeable, and objective advisers and counselors who help you where you are, where you want to be, including providing bill paying services, tax return assistance, and any level of oversight and/or advocacy that may be needed in your loved one’s life.
· We help you find sources to pay for good long-term care by coordinating access to public and private funding sources. We work with you through the maze of choices and options to find the best, or often, the most comfortable solution to the asset protection problem created by the need to pay for quality long-term care
We work to ensure our client’s right to quality care. We understand family dynamics. All planning is done from your perspective, reflecting your personal values and preferences. Other questions we will help you and your family navigate may include:
· What health care, chronic care, and long-term care services are available to me?
· How can I get the good care I need and desire, whether in my own home, in an assisted-living facility, in a child’s home, or in a nursing home?
· How will financial and health care decisions be made for me if I cannot make them for myself? Who can I rely on to make sure that decisions to be made are the right ones?
· If I can’t take care of myself, who will make sure my spouse continues to have a good quality of life?
· If there is a health care crisis, what will we have to do? Where do we turn for the help we need?
· How do I know I am getting good care?
· Who will advocate and intervene for me if necessary, to ensure my right to quality health care and long-term care?
· How do I assure my financial security as I get older?
· What public benefits am I entitled to, and what do I have to do to qualify for them? Should I rely on Medicaid or other government benefits to help pay for my care?
· Should I buy long-term care insurance?
· How do I apply for benefits?
· What kinds of insurance do I need? Should I join a Medicare HMO?
· How and when should I distribute my assets? Can I save taxes and avoid probate?
· Do I have to spend all of my money on my care, whether in my home or in a residential care facility such as a nursing home? How can I protect my assets to take care of my spouse, to ensure I get good care, or to leave to my children?
· How do I provide for family members with special-needs?
The sooner attention is given to these questions, and solutions put into place, the better the chances that someone can age at home, preserving dignity and independence. Timing is everything! We can help you plan with certainty!