Overwhelmed by Elder Caregiving Responsibilities? Prior Proper Planning Can Put Things in the Right Perspective
The 5 Signs You Know It’s Time
- The primary caregiver is suffering from burnout, ill health, frustration, guilt or confusion
- Family members are confused about care options, what to do next, where to get help and how to pay for long term care
- The elder is ill or disabled which is causing mobility issues and the children live out of town
- The elder was recently diagnosed with an illness such as cancer, Alzheimer’s or other chronic condition, has suffered a serious medical event, or has been hospitalized and returning home is no longer an option
- Normal effects of aging including depression, forgetfulness, and less energy
A Life Care Plan Removes Stress and Empowers Caregivers
Life can be way too hectic on any given day to stop and contemplate the idea of planning ahead. While we know that proper planning can help to lessen stress, we also know that failure to plan fosters poor, hurried decision-making. Still, many people tend to react to crisis, rather than plan ahead to avoid it.
Deciding to put a Life Care Plan in place to coordinate care for an aging relative is not only smart, it’s financially prudent. You are choosing to make decisions with the guidance of an experienced Life Care Planner at Bratton Scott; we have helped countless families like yours when they are feeling overwhelmed about making care planning decisions for an aging relative.
Further, if you are planning for your own future care needs, a Life Care Plan is actually a gift to those around you. You will be saving them the frustration and guilt you are currently feeling as you strive to make the best decisions for your aging loved one today.
When Is the Best Time to Get Started with a Life Care Plan?
There’s no “right answer” to the question about when to create a Life Care Plan. The best answer, however, is as soon as possible. The sooner you begin the process, the faster you will have peace of mind that you have made the best decisions for your loved one’s needs. There are various components to a Life Care Plan. We will explain everything and guide you through the process of getting started.
That being said, most people get serious about creating a Life Care Plan for an aging loved one after a traumatic event occurs – a poor diagnosis, a serious event or injury, recognition that your relative’s condition has taken a dramatic turn for the worse, or a medical event you could never have predicted. Sometimes, the decision to call Bratton Scott’s Life Care Planning team is because the job of a caregiver is more than difficult; it’s overwhelming and unrelenting. Caregiver burnout is a very real condition that often becomes the catalyst call for help.
Take a Breath, You’ve Come to the Right Place
If you have found this website, it’s likely because someone you love is facing an array of caregiving needs that require some assistance beyond your own families’ capabilities. First things first; it’s O.K. You are allowed to feel overwhelmed by all of the decisions you need to make to best provide for your aging relative.
If your loved one is experiencing memory loss, suffered a traumatic injury or is battling a debilitating illness, we will help. A well-crafted Life Care Plan can help family caregivers find the right services – whether it’s the right doctor, rehabilitation or a round-the-clock skilled nursing facility – when you need them most. Further, our planners will help you figure out how to pay for the appropriate care since we have significant expertise when it comes to navigating the world of Medicare, Medicaid, VA benefits, and insurance.
Additionally, a quality Life Care Plan created by Bratton Scott will evolve as your family’s situation does. You will have a plan in place when long-term care needs change.
Now is the Right Time to Create a Life Care Plan; We Will Be with You Every Step of the Way
Bratton Scott’s Life Care Planning Division is one phone call away. We will meet with you, ask questions and get a full understanding of your families’ Life Care Planning needs. We will then coordinate services, assist with financial concerns and advocate fully for your families’ needs. Further, our knowledgeable and highly experienced elder care attorneys will protect your loved one’s rights and assets through legal estate planning documentation.
Contact our offices in NJ & PA to set up your appointment today with our Life Care Planning professionals. You can do this; we will help.