Life Care Planning Services

Comprehensive Support Throughout the Long-Term Care Journey

A Life Care Plan improves your elderly loved one’s quality of life, lightens the load for family caregivers, and can even postpone the need for long-term care outside the home.

WHAT IS LIFE CARE PLANNING?

Life Care Planning is a philosophical approach to elder law that integrates long-term care coordination, estate planning, and elder law services into a customized plan that gives older adults and their families the guidance needed to handle the inevitable challenges created by caring for an aging loved one. How does Life Care Planning compare to the practice of traditional elder law?

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If you’ve visited a traditional elder law firm, you may have noticed that the emphasis is on money—protecting it and making sure that the next generation inherits it. At Elder Law Solutions, we pay attention to the money but it’s not our main focus. As an elder-centered firm, our primary goal is to improve quality of life for our clients, and that involves care coordination and family support-related services that traditional elder law firms don’t offer. Ultimately, we make the most of each client’s resources to promote quality of care and quality of life. Preserving assets for future generations is usually a natural by-product of our careful planning and resource allocation.

 

To learn more about how Elder Law Solutions can help you and your family, call (502) 955-1005 today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.

WHAT DOES A LIFE CARE PLAN DO?

A Life Care Plan defines, organizes, prioritizes, and mobilizes every aspect of your elderly loved one’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 includes provisions for care coordination and other forms of family support.

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Every Life Care Plan is designed to achieve three primary objectives:

 

  • Ensure that your elderly loved one gets appropriate care, whether at home or in a residential facility, to maintain the quality of life that he or she desires
  • Locate public and private sources to help pay for long-term care while resolving issues created by the high cost of care
  • Give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you’ve made the right choices to keep your loved one safe and locate the right care while preserving family resources

 

At Elder Law Solutions we use 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. The first time you meet with us, we will find your loved one’s place on each line of the Elder Care Continuum, identify gaps in care, and discuss ways to close those gaps.

 

To learn more about how Elder Law Solutions can help you and your family, call (502) 955-1005 today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

At Elder Law Solutions, we customize each Life Care Plan to meet the needs of the individual and family involved. Most Life Care Plans will include legal, care coordination, and client advocacy services.

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At Elder Law Solutions, we customize each Life Care Plan to meet the needs of the individual and family involved. Most Life Care Plans will include one or more of the following services.

 

Legal: Every Life Care Plan includes legal services designed to protect your 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.

 

Care Coordination: We have found that many families who need help protecting an elderly loved one’s assets also need help finding and coordinating care. That’s why care coordination services are part of nearly every Life Care Plan, as is help with decisions as the elder’s condition progresses.

 

Client Advocacy: 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 attorney and elder care coordinator work together to help you and other family caregivers and protect quality of life for your elderly loved one.

 

To learn more about how Elder Law Solutions can help you and your family, call (502) 955-1005 today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE A LIFE CARE PLAN?

Expect different kinds of support depending on where your loved one is on the long-term care journey.

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Like traditional elder law firms, Elder Law Solutions helps families in crisis make immediate arrangements for long-term care in order to promote an elder’s health and safety.  We handle the legal work necessary to help families find and pay for the right care without bankrupting the elder.

 

As a Life Care Planning Law Firm, we don’t stop there. When your loved one has a Life Care Plan, you can expect different kinds of support depending on where your loved one is on the long-term care journey.

 

If your elderly loved one is still living at home or with family, our elder care coordinator locates needed in-home care and community services. This often makes it possible for your loved one to live at home longer. Our care coordinator also offers family education and serves as the elder’s advocate.

 

Second, while your elderly loved one is still living at home or with family, we develop a plan to address the legal, financial, health care, housing, and long-term care issues he or she will face.  If and when nursing home care is needed, you will already have a plan in place to access public benefits such as Medicaid or Veterans Benefits, as well as a way to find and pay for needed care. Our advanced planning makes it possible for you to avoid the asset protection crisis that occurs when last-minute decisions must be made about a loved one’s long-term care.

 

Third, if your loved one is placed in a residential care facility, our elder care coordinator makes regular visits, maintains his or relationship with the firm, assesses quality of care, and serve as the family’s advocate. If good care is not being provided, our care coordinator may intervene in order to resolve problems before injury occurs. Our goal is to offer reassurance to family members — near and far — that elderly loved ones are enjoying the highest quality of life.

 

To learn more about how Elder Law Solutions can help you and your family, call (502) 955-1005 today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.

WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO CREATE A LIFE CARE PLAN?

The right time is immediately after any event that leaves you concerned about your loved one’s future. We call these “trigger events” and they signal that your loved one’s condition is deteriorating even though it could be months or years before long term care outside the home is needed.

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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 your loved one’s condition is deteriorating even though it could be months or years before long-term care outside the home is needed.

 

  • A diagnosis of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease or other chronic condition
  • A catastrophic event such as a fall, medication mishap, fire, accident in the home or a car wreck
  • Discovering that your loved one is wandering, malnourished, dehydrated or unable to care for him/herself due to functional limitations
  • A medical event such as a stroke, heart attack or aneurism
  • Burnout of the loved one’s primary caregiver

 

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 helps get your loved one the care he or she needs today, which offers welcome relief for caregivers, plugs you into our network of community services and resources, increases the chances that your loved one can age at home, which helps preserve independence and dignity, puts all your legal and financial affairs in order, enables your family to avoid the asset protection crisis when your loved one makes the transition to long-term care outside the home, and it empowers you with a network of support that will help you deal with every legal, health care and long-term care transition that your elder will face for the rest of his or her life.

 

To learn more about how Elder Law Solutions can help you and your family, call (502) 955-1005 today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.

IS A LIFE CARE PLAN RIGHT FOR YOUR SITUATION?

A Life Care Plan is an excellent option for elderly individuals who are dealing with the effects of aging, chronic illnesses like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke or dementia, or disability due to accident or illness. If you’re not sure whether a Life Care Plan is right for your loved one’s situation? Call us at (502) 955-1005 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A LIFE CARE PLAN?

A Life Care Plan supports the entire family. Your elderly loved one receives the right care sooner, enjoys maximum independence for as long as possible, and ages with dignity. Family caregivers get help finding the right care and services to meet your loved one’s immediate need, plus guidance with legal, health care, and long-term care decisions as the elder's condition progresses. Whether you live across the street or across the country, a Life Care Plan offers welcome reassurance that your loved one will enjoy the best possible quality of life until the end of life.

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To learn more about how Elder Law Solutions can help you and your family, call (502) 955-1005 today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.

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Elder Law Solutions, PLLC
162 S. Buckman St.
PO Box 1337
Shepherdsville, KY 40165

 

E-mail: info@kyelderlawsolutions.com
Phone: (502) 955-1005
Toll Free:  (844) 839-2273 (CARE)

 

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