A good life care plan takes a holistic elder law approach and helps families proactively manage chronic illness, disability, and the death of an elderly loved one. We go through life hoping everything will fall into place automatically. Then, life happens and we learn that the pieces don’t always come together. We find ourselves in situations that, in hindsight, could have been prevented.
The goal of life care planning is to promote and maintain the health, safety, well-being and quality of life of elders and their families. Through our efforts and professional associations, we offer knowledgeable guidance from a team of compassionate advisors who help clients solve their life plan issues.
As life care planning attorneys, our inter-disciplinary team identifies present and future care needs, locates appropriate providers and ensures high-quality care. We develop on-going relationships with families so that we can prevent crises.
Life Care Plan Goals
A life care plan defines, organizes, prioritizes, and mobilizes every aspect of an elder's care - from getting the lawn mowed to finding the right medical team. It includes care coordination, family education, health care and financial decision-making, care advocacy, crisis intervention, and support. Every life care plan is designed to achieve three primary objectives:
- Make sure the elder gets appropriate care to maintain the quality of life that he or she desires whether at home or in a residential facility
- Locate public and private sources to help pay for long-term care while resolving issues created by the high cost of care
- Offer peace of mind that results when the right choices are made to ensure a loved one is safe and getting the right care while preserving family resources.
A life-care plan helps families understand the natural aging process and its impact on a loved one's health, mobility, housing, and financial resources. We focus on your loved one's situation during each step of the care continuum. We identify gaps so solutions are in place when needed.
Elders who are running out of assets to pay for their long-term care may have a source of additional funds they are not aware of — life insurance policy death benefits. Instead of allowing a life insurance policy to lapse or be surrendered due to an inability to pay premiums, the policy may be put to good use during the policy owner’s lifetime, allowing the elder to pay for care.
Elder Care Lawyer for a Life-care Plan
A life care plan can involve a wide range of legal services such as:
- Protecting the estate with a will or trust, powers of attorney, and health care directives
- Identifying funding sources for quality long-term care
- Determining eligibility and applying for public benefit eligibility
- Protecting assets to complement Medicaid benefit requirements
- Administer trusts
- Probate estates
Let's Create a Life Plan That Meets Your Family's Needs
John Holliman or Melanie B. Holliman (formerly Melanie B. Bradford) create life care plans for the elderly that provide for needs before they arise. We think of the details, so the plan evolves smoothly and maintains the desired quality of life.
Call us today at 205-663-0281 for a free consultation.