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Long-Term Care Planning Archives

An electronic registry to convey end-of-life wishes

The Kaiser Family Foundation has estimated that approximately 60 percent of adults over 65 have advance medical directives. While it is a good idea for all adults to have these documents, what happens if they cannot be accessed quickly? A California pilot project is a step in the right direction to ensuring emergency responders and hospitals can immediately review end-of-life wishes.

Are you prepared for the realities of long-term care?

As the quality of life around the globe has risen, so has the overall life expectancy. Average Americans are routinely living to 80, 90, even 100 years of age. This is due in no small part to medical and technological advances like:

What home care is and why it is important

The last time we talked about long term care planning was about a month ago. We wrote about LTC insurance, and how it can prove very beneficial to some people. Today, we're going to talk about home care, what options there are for this type of care and why many people choose this type of care for the end of their life.

Does long-term care insurance make sense for you?

At some point in our lives, we will no longer be able to do the things that we once did. We won't be able to play basketball with the usual group on Saturdays. Those weekend hiking trips will be a thing of the past. And even some of the more basic tasks, such as household care and medical care, will require some form of help.

Why we all need a long-term care plan

It can be hard to imagine, but if you can, think about your life when you are much older. Picture yourself as a 70- or 75-year-old person and trying to do all of the things that you do today. Some of those things won't be possible anymore, and others still, though possible, will require a little bit of help. This is simply the way it will be for all of us. Time will eventually catch up to us, and our age, though still just a number, will hang over every element of our life.

When Could ABLE Act savings accounts be available in Colorado?

The US Congress passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014. The law will enable people with disabilities to access savings accounts to pay disability-related expenses. The accounts will not affect Medicaid and Supplement Security Income eligibility.

It’s in the cards: Talking about Advance Medical Directives

Do you freeze up when someone mentions “the end of life" or "advance planning?” Few are comfortable with the topic. Estimates are that more than 60 percent of older adults do not have an advance directive in place that expresses their wishes regarding end-of-life care.

How to prepare for long-term care

As part of good estate planning, residents of Colorado may consider long-term care planning for themselves and their loved ones. Medicare, a government supplemental insurance policy that provides medical and hospital benefits for individuals who meet certain disability criteria, typically does not provide funds for long-term care services. Therefore, people may wish to consider alternative ways to provide for any future health care needs that could arise from a disability, injury or disease.

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