As you age, you may suffer illness or injury that prevents you from making decisions about your financial, physical, and emotional health. This is a major fear of many aging Americans. When you have a Life Care Plan in place, however, you can make many of these decisions in advance and have more control over your quality of life as you age. It is never too late — or too early — to begin your Life Care Plan.
A life planning attorney in Ewing at Bratton Scott can address all the difficult topics covered by a comprehensive Life Care Plan and help you or a loved one navigate through the planning process with the necessary compassion and empathy.
If you need a peace of mind about your current or future care or the care of a loved one, consider a Life Care Plan. Call us today at 856-857-6007 to schedule a time to talk with a member of our Ewing Life Care Planning Team.
Why Do I Need a Life Care Plan from Bratton Scott?
A Life Care Plan allows you to make decisions about both your current care and what will happen if and when you get to certain points in your life, such as needing to move into an assisted living or nursing facility. Our Life Care Planning Team, consisting of elder law attorneys and elder care coordinators, walks you through a series of situations and decisions you may face, and helps you determine your priorities and preferences for each. Then, we can create the legal documents and care plan to ensure your family and caregivers honor your wishes in these situations. If done in later years, many times these discussions are done with your family members or caregiver.
One of the most helpful and unique parts of a Life Care Plan is the financial plan that takes into account the criteria for Medicaid, Social Security disability, VA benefits, and other government benefit programs. Many people spend most of their assets paying for long-term care or for other health care needs, and do not know they have options that may allow them to preserve much of their savings to pass down to their children and grandchildren.
We can help you put a strategic plan in place that gets you the full amount of government benefits you qualify for while protecting as many of your assets as possible.
We also help you make choices about your current and future care, giving you the chance to safeguard your quality of life even if you face dementia, failing health, ambulatory issues, or other serious impairments as you age. We can help you choose your options for long-term care, and coordinate the services you may need based on your priorities and preferences.
The elder care lawyers, social workers, and registered nurses at Bratton Scott understand how comforting a Life Care Plan can be for an aging adult. We assign an elder care coordinator to every client and their family, giving them a point-person to contact for any questions or needs. This coordinator will get to know you and your family, identifying your priorities and discussing your future with understanding and compassion. From these talks, we can put a Life Care Plan together that best meets your needs.
When Should I Make a Life Care Plan?
We can guide you through the Life Care Planning process at any time. However, the importance of this type of plan is more obvious in some situations than others. And the earlier you act, the more assets we can protect in many cases. If you face any of these situations, you should call our elder law attorneys and schedule a time to meet with one of our elder care coordinators and attorneys:
- Diagnosis of a chronic, terminal, degenerative, or progressive illness
- Suffering a serious impairment, or increased loss of mobility or independence
- Onset of blindness
- Serious fall injuries or an increased risk of falls
- A heart attack or stroke
- Increased problems with self-care abilities
- Suffering a permanent disability
- Memory issues, weakening muscles, or other signs of advancing age
What Does My Ewing Life Care Plan Cover?
Because Life Care Plans are personalized based on your own preferences and priorities, no two plans are exactly the same. When you meet with our Life Care Planning Team, our elder care coordinator and attorneys will work with you to identify your future needs and the priorities set by your family. Then, we build a plan that addresses these needs and priorities.
Most Life Care Plans cover aspects of your present and future you may not have even thought to consider. This includes:
Present and Future Health Care, Including Long Term Care Planning
You and your family can express your preferences for long term care, whether that includes in-home nursing care, assisted living or a nursing facility. We will work together to ensure you have access to appropriate and adequate care with a focus on your quality of life, no matter your diagnosis or medical complications. We can use your preferences and our recommendations to put a plan in place for your future care, including paying for any care you may need.
Current and Future Financial Decisions
As a part of your Life Care Plan, we can look at your financial priorities and help you keep them front and center as you age. We provide sound financial advice, helping you understand your options to protect your income and assets as you age. In many cases, we can help our clients protect their assets while also qualifying for government benefits such as Medicaid that cover long term and future care.
Peace of Mind
Perhaps the greatest benefit of a Life Care Plan is the peace of mind you get from knowing you have control over your financial, emotional, and physical health now and in the future, even if you can no longer make decisions for yourself or your family. When you follow your Life Care Plan, you can rest easy knowing you will get the medical care you need and the quality of life you deserve, and protect your family’s financial future while doing so.
Talk With a Ewing Elder Care Lawyer About Life Care Planning
At Bratton Scott, our Life Care Planning Team offers compassion, support, and advocacy as we work to build a plan for your future. Our attorneys, social workers, nurses, and elder care coordinators all understand these are not easy topics to discuss, but very important ones to address. We make it easy to create a Life Care Plan for you or your family members.
Call us today at 856-857-6007 to learn more.