A Life Care Plan defines, organizes, prioritizes, and mobilizes every aspect of an elder's care. In addition to traditional asset-focused elder law services that help elders qualify for public benefits while preserving family wealth to the greatest extent possible, a Life Care Plan typically includes provisions for care coordination and 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. Every Life Care Plan is designed to achieve three primary objectives:
A/Z Health & Elder Law uses a model called the Elder Care Continuum to help families understand the natural progression of aging and its impact on a loved one's health, mobility, housing, and financial resources. An initial meeting with A/Z Health & Elder Law may focus on the elderly loved one's place on each line of the Elder Care Continuum. Gaps in care can then be identified and solutions discussed for closing those gaps.
Each Life Care Plan is customized to meet the needs of the individual and family involved. Most Life Care Plans will include one or more of the following services.
The legal issues created by aging, illness, chronic conditions or disability can be terrifying. That's why every Life Care Plan includes a customized mix of legal services designed to protect the loved one's interests and to provide for dependents and other family members now and in the future. Your Life Care Plan will include elder law, estate planning and advocacy services that are appropriate for your loved one's circumstances. You and your family can relax knowing that you are surrounded with legal support from experts who are familiar with every aspect of your situation.
Many families who need help protecting an elderly loved one's assets also need help finding and coordinating care. They need help with decision-making as the elder's condition progresses. That's why care coordination services are part of nearly every Life Care Plan we develop.
Elders have a legal right to safe, effective, and patient-centered health care and long-term care. A Life Care Plan protects those rights. Our certified Elder Law Attorneys and elder care coordinators work together to provide advocacy services that empower family caregivers and protect quality of life for elders.
Medical bills, EOBs, and insurance forms can be intimidating. Every Life Care Plan includes support with Medicare and insurance matters delivered by our in-house expert.
The right time is immediately after any event that leaves you concerned about your loved one's future. Trigger events like the ones listed below signal that a person's condition is deteriorating even though it could be months or years before long-term care outside the home is needed.
You could wait until the elder needs immediate nursing home care to develop a Life Care Plan. However, the delay puts you, your family, and your loved one at a distinct disadvantage. That's why pre-crisis Life Care Planning is so valuable. A Pre-Crisis Life Care Plan benefits you and your family in several important ways:
A Life Care Plan is appropriate for:
We will review your situation, identify your loved one's position on the Elder Care Continuum and discuss your options. The cost for this initial consultation is $350. If you choose to move forward, this fee will be applied to the cost of ongoing services.
A/Z Health & Elder Law can help you prepare for what lies ahead with a comprehensive plan customized to meet your needs. Whether you’re a 20-something creating an estate plan, a 50-something caring for elderly parents, or an 80-something worried about your spouse, you will like the sense of confidence that comes from having A/Z Health & Elder Law by your side throughout the journey.
Contact us to learn more how a Pre-Crisis Life Plan can benefit you and your loved one.