Long-term care planning: Build a strong support network

In Georgia and across the country, the U.S. population is aging. If you're age 65 or older, you may find yourself focusing more on long-term care planning than you used to at a younger age. As time passes, it is understandable that you want to make sure your estate plan is organized and up to date, that you have discussed your wishes, needs and goals with your  loved ones, and are building a network of support that you can tap into for assistance, as needed.

If you've noticed that you are experiencing more health concerns in your 60s than you did a decade or so ago, that is also understandable. Many older people, even those who have enjoyed good health most of their lives, begin to see and feel signs of aging as they near age 70. In some cases, assisted living becomes a viable option when it is no longer possible to sustain an independent living lifestyle.

Many issues can arise as you prepare for new transitions or after you have moved into a new residence. If a problem arises regarding Medicare or Medicaid, asset protection or some other matter, it is good to know there are experienced advocates available to provide guidance and support. Sometimes, an elder is no longer able to speak on his or her own behalf, in which case an adult child, especially one who has been granted power of attorney, may help his or her parent resolve a problem issue.

If additional support is needed, it pays to connect with an experienced long-term care planning attorney. J. Kevin Tharpe, P.C., provides knowledgeable guidance to elders and their families and is also fully equipped to assist military veterans with their long-term care needs. If you have concerns about your own long-term care plan or are trying to help an aging parent resolve a particular issue, you can request a consultation by using the contact form on our website or by calling our Georgia office to schedule a meeting.

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