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Life Care Planning: The Basics

Life care planning is a new approach we at The Hughes Law Firm use to address many of the financial and health care challenges facing the elderly today. Essentially, a well-developed life care plan will organize, prioritize and set into motion all that is needed to promote an elderly person's health, safety, well-being and quality of life.

Simply put, our life care planning lawyers develop plans that offer elder-centered solutions that encompass every aspect of the person's needs. As you begin this journey, some thoughts to ponder may include:

  • What if I can't stay at home any longer?
  • What should I do NOW as I see my spouse starting to slip?
  • Who will help my spouse if I'm unable to take care of myself?
  • What should I do NOW to protect my home and assets from nursing home bills later?
  • Who will be my advocate and step in for me when needed?
  • How can I stop worrying about money?
  • Who will make my health care and financial decisions if I'm unable to?
  • Can I even afford an assisted living facility?
  • How do I know which type of facility I need?
  • Where do I even begin to look for my next residence?
  • Can my veteran spouse and I qualify for Veterans Benefits
  • Will my long-term insurance pay for all my care?
  • How can we qualify for Medicaid to help pay for home-care costs or nursing home bills?
  • What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?
  • My parents have no power of attorney and are deemed incompetent by the doctor ― what's next?
  • What can I expect with an Alzheimer's diagnosis?
  • What is hospice or palliative care?

Since everyone has their own concerns, the list of questions above barely scratches the surface of what you may need to consider when contemplating a life care plan. Fortunately, our attorneys know the right questions to ask to help determine your needs and goals. Together, we will give you peace of mind by helping you create a customized solution that helps you, as an aging adult, make the right decisions at the right time, and helps you obtain the quality care that you deserve.

If you are finding yourself completely overwhelmed and don't know where to turn, contact us today for your free 20-minute phone consult to see if we can help. You can reach us online or call us at 303-268-3984. With offices in Denver and throughout Colorado, our lawyers have helped and supported thousands of families through this long-term care journey ― and we can help you, too.