Life Care Planning is a Family Affair.
Whether your loved one is a parent, spouse or special needs loved one . . . whether you live with your loved one, in the next town or across the country . . . dealing with an elderly or disabled loved one can cause countless sleepless nights.
The experienced, supportive and knowledgeable attorney, geriatric care managers and support staff at the Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law realize that most people are caught up in today’s hectic pace of living and cannot spend endless hours researching answers to the questions regarding the care of an elderly or disabled loved one.
Our job at The Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law is to provide you with the answers that you need, relieve your anxiety and ultimately offer you peace of mind. We establish a relationship that assures life-long quality care for the elderly or special needs family member.
To assure the greatest success, we involve all interested family members so that they better understand where the loved one is within the range of care analysis. Although we encourage the family to be involved in the process, the senior or disabled person is the firm’s client and his or her quality of life and well-being is our paramount concern.
What is a Life Care Plan?
Life Care Planning is a process whereby the legal, healthcare, social and psychological needs of a frail elder or special needs person are assessed and a plan is developed to meet those needs in an economical fashion that protects and preserves the income and assets of the person to the greatest extent possible. The elements of a Life Care Plan include the assessment of the immediate, mid-term and long-term care needs of the person, followed by the development of a plan to provide the type of assistance the person will need during the various time frames and then determine how to most efficiently pay for that assistance.
A Life Care Plan is created to protect and preserve the income and assets of the elder or disabled individual and combined with the assessment and coordination of the care needs for the individual. Our law firm takes a team approach in developing these plans – our attorney, geriatric care coordinators and support staff consult with other legal professionals, health care professionals, financial professionals, durable medical equipment providers, insurance company personnel, employees of various government and charitable organizations, professional care providers and family members in order to determine, obtain and pay for the kind of care our clients deserve. A Life Care Plan answers all the tough questions about your loved one’s long-term care, now and in the future. It’s the ultimate protection for elders and their families.
With a Life Care Plan, the frail elder gets the right care sooner, maximum independence for as long as possible, and the ability to age with dignity. Families get help finding the right care and services; guidance with legal, health care and long-term care decisions as the elder’s condition progresses; and security for other family members. Like a traditional estate plan, a Life Care Plan includes the legal protection needed to safeguard assets, honor your loved one’s wishes and provide for family members. But it doesn’t stop there. A Life Care Plan diagrams how your loved one’s long-term care, financial, physical and psychological needs will be met. It is a road map for total legal care with two simple goals: (1) to maximize your loved one’s quality of life–until the end of life and (2) preserving wealth for your family’s future.
With a Life Care Plan, you never have to wonder if you’re doing everything you can for your loved one. The team at the Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law surrounds you with the resources, support, and guidance you need to make decisions with confidence. You are never alone! We have access to the resources you will need to protect your loved one’s quality of life.
What is a Geriatric Care Manager?
A Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) helps senior or disabled clients to navigate a long-term supportive system. The goal of a GCM is to help keep a person in the home for as long as possible and then help their move when they can no longer live safely at home. A GCM is able to check with providers and work with all parties to provide the best possible care.
Our Professional Geriatric Care Managers are available to assist you with the selection of a nursing home or assisted care facility. They are available to assist with determining appropriate financing methods, including private pay, reverse mortgages, long term care insurance, Medicare and Medi-Cal. Our Geriatric Care Managers are also available to make home assessments for those disabled and senior individuals intending to remain in the home as well as to attend care meetings at assisted care and nursing homes and to advocate for the best care available for our clients at those meetings.
Who Needs A Life Care Plan?
If you have an elderly or special needs loved one whose care you are concerned about, your family is a candidate for a Life Care Plan. Whether you have an immediate crisis or you are planning for the future of your elder or special needs person, your family will benefit from having a Life Care Plan in place. Still not sure if you need a Life Care Plan? Contact us at (408) 356-9200 or (831) 476-2400 to schedule a free, one-hour initial life care planning consultation.