Life Care Planning
What We Have Learned Over The Years...
Older Adults and their families are often times uninformed about the long term care system. In addition, they are often lacking the proper information to ask specific questions regarding legal and financial matters. Many times families find themselves thrust into the long term care system as a result of a traumatic event such as a fall, a chronic illness, motor vehicle accident or any other of the many conditions that can cause a person to require long term care services.
There are many challenges with the long term care system which make it a very complicated system to unravel and in which to maneuver. The consequences of poorly managed care, missed benefits and not utilizing the many options that are available can make a difference in a person's quality of life.
What We Know
Over the years of practicing elder law, we have found that older adults who are suffering from chronic conditions are better served by a systematic approach that includes a long term care plan with an inter-disciplinary team and regular review.
We felt the need to implement a plan that would create informed, empowered seniors so they can have the information, skills and confidence necessary to make decisions and realize the benefits of self-determination.
It is essential to combine care coordination, support through client advocacy and appropriate legal representation to adequately serve older adults and their families. The goal is to maximize a person's quality of life as he or she travels through the long term care system. Our senior-centered, holistic approach is designed to focus on each client's quality of life and to ensure that we implement a plan that supports and achieves his or her short and long term goals.
Out of this holistic model of practice comes "senior-centeredness" that focuses on the relationship with seniors and their families. When they seek out information for care, they face complex and often a mind boggling maze of publicly supported and private options. These options are administered by a wide variety of community and institutional providers operating under different, and often times, conflicting rules and regulations. With such a difficult and constantly changing system, where can seniors and their families turn?
- What is Life Care Planning
- What to Expect
- Three Components of Life Care Planning
- The Life Care Planning Team
Please contact Smith and Condeni for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.