Estate Planning Isn’t Just For The Elderly

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Home care and care planning

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2018 | Care Planning

The fact that we all age is inescapable. However, there are a variety of factors that can affect how one’s body reacts to age. Some individuals are able to take care of themselves up until their death. Others, though, become incapacitated and need additional care to live their day-to-day lives. Although those in the latter category have a wide range of options when it comes to obtaining assistance, some of which include placement in an assisted living facility. Most people, though, would prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home where they are easily accessible to loved ones.

Home care is becoming more popular not only because it allows elderly individuals to remain at home, but it also allows them to customize the type of care they want to receive. While holistic care is certainly available, individuals may also choose from personal care, health care, diet, house care and safety options. Personal care involves assistance with duties such as bathing and grooming, whereas health care involves being seen by nurses for monitoring of medical conditions and the administration of medical treatment. Assistance can be found for help with cooking and cleaning.

Home care can allow an elderly individual to retain a sense of independence while at the same time saving a family money. In fact, some estimates indicate that home care can save a family up to 90 percent of the costs that could be incurred through placement at a long-term care nursing home.

However, home care requires elderly individuals and their family members to be involved in the process of identifying and securing providers. Also, even though this option may save money, it can still be extremely expensive. For these reasons, New Yorkers need to make sure they are preparing themselves in the event that long-term care is needed. To learn more about how to create a care plan, these individuals can contact an attorney who is experienced in this field. This will ensure you are well informed on this matter and take appropriate actions to memorialize your wishes.