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Elder law planning sets one’s preferences for long term care

On Behalf of | Oct 18, 2018 | Elder Law

It is highly recommended that the many retired persons residing in Florida engage in a process of elder law planning to protect the security of their remaining years. Engaging in elder law research to learn the ins and outs of long-term care planning could provide great benefits. Many people may assume that they will be maintained in their homes until death, but it does not always turn out that way.

When the demands of staying in the home become arduous, options may be available. Setting up a plan to establish one’s preferences in the event of physical incapacitation is a wise strategy to implement. One way to create an effective strategy is to consult with an experienced elder law attorney as soon as possible.

The expenses of long-term care are astronomical. That is often why advanced planning provides greater choices and protections than seeking solutions when there are no monetary resources left.  Additionally, without advanced planning children from a prior marriage and/or from a second marriage may have difficulty understanding why their loved one can no longer be cared for in the home. If the home is lost in the process, there is an even greater chance for lingering family strife.

Medicaid planning is one way in which a family can prepare for the prospects of long-term care. This can be discussed with an elder law attorney to see what actions must be taken to help a person pre-qualify to receive Medicaid benefits when and if home care becomes impossible. The prospects for prolonging the home care solutions can also be improved by consulting as early as possible with a legal professional. 

There are many facilities in Florida that provide a host of services and that are known to have an excellent reputation. Again, pre-planning is the key to being prepared to select the choices that will be most desirable should a crisis arise. If staying at home is one’s main desire, this can also be planned in advance to the extent possible through various options and the pledged cooperation of family members.