Long-Term Care Planning Archives

Study: Only a third of us have living wills or healthcare proxies

Advance directives such as living wills and healthcare proxies are important tools for end-of-life decision-making, yet only about a third of American adults have them. Moreover, people who have chronic illnesses are only slightly more likely than others to have documented their wishes about end-of-life care.

5 proposals aimed at doubling the long-term care insurance rate

According to a Associated Press-University of Chicago NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, 57 percent of Americans surveyed said they plan to rely on Medicare to provide any long-term care services and supports they may need.

Keep this in mind to protect your parent's assets

Your elderly parent needs long-term care, and you know it has the potential to be expensive. You want to protect your loved one's assets, but you also are aware of Medicaid's look-back rule. If you don't move your parent's assets soon enough or correctly, you could end up having to exhaust them for his or her care.

Choosing a long-term care facility is a big decision

As your parents age, you might have to consider having them somewhere that can provide them with the help they need to do daily tasks. In the early days of them needing help, you might be able to hire a home health agency, but when your parents begin to move beyond the point of only needing sporadic care, you might have to help them find a long-term care facility.

What happens to your assets when you enter a nursing home?

60.jpgProtecting your assets is one of the many challenges you'll face as you grow older. This is especially true for families that have to deal with mounting medical and home care costs. In many cases, individuals are transitioned into a nursing home to provide ongoing care. But these and other services can be expensive, and your assets may be at risk if you're unable to cover nursing home costs. Knowing what happens to your assets if you go into a nursing home is the first step to protecting the financial wellbeing of you and your family.

Understanding resident rights in long-term care facilities

Securing the future of your special needs child

When you are a parent of a special needs child, it is hard to imagine anyone else being able to provide the same level of care, love and attention to your son or daughter. However, a day could come when you and the other parent of your child are no longer able to fulfill your caretaking responsibilities.

Long-term care planning in Georgia

As you or your loved one gets older, it is important for you to start planning for long-term care that may be needed.Options may include home health aides, housekeeping help, assisted living, nursing homes and Alzheimer's care facilities. Long-term care is expensive, making it important to plan for how you will pay for it.

6 Self-Care Tips For Caregivers

Being a caregiver for an elderly family member or loved one is difficult job - especially if you also have young children at home. If you are a caregiver, you likely spend hours each day making sure your loved one is safe and comfortable. You may forego social outings with friends to tend to your loved one's needs. Any time for yourself is probably a rare luxury.

Why long-term healthcare insurance is a smart financial move--at any age

Nobody expects to end up needing long-term care. But an accident or unexpected illness can sometimes result in catastrophic changes that leave you unable to take care of the basics: feeding, bathing and grooming yourself. In some circumstances, you may find that you are completely incapacitated. You need help--around the clock.

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