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OCTOBER IS LONG TERM CARE PLANNING MONTH

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OCTOBER IS LONG TERM CARE PLANNING MONTH

Long-Term Care Planning Month in October encourages people (Seniors, Juniors, people over the age of 18) to take a look at their potential need for these services in the future. While no one can predict the future, Long Term Care Planning explores the options available should the time arise when the services would be needed.

                Long-term care incorporates services outside of medical care such as support for everyday living and basic personal care. Medical insurance does not usually cover these services, so advanced planning to cover the services is needed. Advance planning offers more choices and decision-making opportunities. When people plan ahead, they have more time to save for long-term care, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Visit with family and make a plan. Explore options and discover what is available to you.

                Long term care planning is one of the most loving things you can do for yourself and your family. It is a process of financial planning by an individual, a couple, or an entire family, for the continuity of care of a person at home, in assisted living, or in a skilled nursing facility, as the person’s health declines physically or mentally. The planning may include long term care insurance for those who can qualify. It also may involve placing resources in investments which will generate sufficient cash flow to meet expected needs. Finally, it may involve purchasing annuities, specialty insurance policies, or other financial products to cover the projected care costs.

                For a married couple, the planning involves arranging the finances so that the healthy spouse is not impoverished by the needs of the ill spouse. This may involve qualifying the ill spouse for Medi-Cal (California’s version of the federal Medicaid program). The Medi-Cal program might also be appropriate if the disabled person has an adult disabled child or other dependent for whom support is a consideration. There are many Medi-Cal planning options for married couples. There are fewer options for single individuals, but nevertheless, there are still opportunities.

                Most long-term care planning involves more than one single transaction. It may involve a series of steps to arrange financial affairs, possibly obtain public assistance and then avoid a later claim for reimbursement for any public assistance that was obtained. Waiting until a person is already in dire financial straits before addressing the financial issues is simply reacting, not planning. Planning sooner rather than later creates more available options and more effective planning.

                For more information and personal consultation, contact a trusted member of our Wellness Village under Legal Professionals or Long Term Care Insurance.

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Updated: August 16, 2017