Estate Planning Update – 02.23.21
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A Long-Term Care Strategy That Provides More Than Hope
By: Isiah Robinson
Growing up, my parents would frequently reiterate that hope is not a strategy. Although I did not always adhere to this guidance, their mantra has been confirmed more often than not. As my family is currently structuring long-term care plans for a loved one, I am reminded of the importance of an actual strategy in long-term care. In other words, hope is not an appropriate strategy for addressing long-term care planning either.
As my family has learned, long-term care is a necessity. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 70% of people turning age 65 will need some type of long-term care service. In the same study, results demonstrated around 48% of people turning age 65 or older will need some type of paid long-term care services. These percentages suggest the need for a long-term care strategy more definite than hope.
Many families do not anticipate long-term care needs until a family member needs it immediately. While crisis long-term care planning is possible, the best time for thinking about long-term care is before you (or a loved one) need it. Planning for the potential need gives you time to learn about the wide variety of services and their costs. It also allows you the authority to make significant care decisions while you are still capable, as opposed to another person making the decisions for you.
What Is Long-Term Care?
Long-term care encompasses a broad spectrum of services and supports necessary for an individual’s personal care needs. The care involves day-to-day help needed by people with illnesses that endure over time. These illnesses tend to be chronic, physical infirmity, or cognitive disability — reducing the individual’s capacity to care for themselves. Long-term care is usually non-medical care that helps with a person’s Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as:
- Personal hygiene (bathing/showering, grooming, nail care, and oral care)
- Dressing (the ability to make appropriate clothing decisions and physically dressing or undressing)
- Eating (the ability to feed oneself, not necessarily including the capability of preparing food)
- Maintaining continence (proper use of the restroom)
- Managing a home
- Managing medication
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