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Care Planning Archives

"Elder orphans" have unique set of care planning needs

For many Georgia residents, a spouse and children are simply not part of their daily lives. Regardless of whether that fact is through circumstance or choice, the reality is that living the single life can pose a challenge once an individual moves into retirement and beyond. Older Georgia residents without close family ties have a unique set of care planning needs and must take steps to look after their own futures. 

Veterans need specialized long term care planning

For Georgia residents who served in the military, planning for the future can be a complicated matter. Understanding the full scope of VA benefits is never easy, and navigating the process of applying for and receiving long term care is no exception. The best way to avoid an unpleasant surprise is to work with an elder care attorney to determine the type of long term care planning needed to support vets through their later years. 

Now's the time to begin discussing care planning

Few families relish the thought of sitting down to begin discussing how to assist loved ones as they age. That's one reason why so many Georgia families fail to put long-term elder care planning into place. Unfortunately, failing to address this need can lead to disastrous consequences for aging family members. 

Little physician oversight on home care planning

For individuals who require in-home care, depending on a strong system of physician oversight may not be the best way to ensure a positive outcome. According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, many physicians who are tasked with reviewing home health care plans only spend around one minute reviewing those plans before signing off on them. This research underscores the importance of Georgia families engaging in strong care planning to ensure that loved ones are properly taken care of if and when the time comes. 

Personal care planning serves a number of purposes

Like other Georgia residents, you probably worked hard to get where you are today. You spent your life accumulating the assets you have and want to make sure that they are available for your family members after you are gone and that they are there if you need them in your later years. Regardless of your reasons, personal care planning can help achieve these goals.

Care planning essential for special needs child

Families with a special needs child often go to great lengths to make sure that the child is properly taken care of. While some special needs children are able to function with little to no assistance, in many instances, the child requires ongoing care even as he or she reaches maturity. The Georgia family typically makes the necessary adjustments required for the child to be able to live up to his or her potential. Yet, one area in which many families struggle is in taking the necessary care planning steps to ensure the child's future.

Care planning may require identification of a guardian

The fact that one becomes ill or injured does not mean that bills do not have to be paid and other necessary items avoided. Yet, if the Georgia resident is ill or injured, he or she may be unable to take care of these necessary tasks and make these necessary decisions. In order to make sure that everything is taken care of, it may be necessary to consider the role of guardianship as one is establishing care planning documents and procedures.

Durable power of attorney part of care planning

As a Georgia parent ages, his or her adult children typically step in to help as needed. At times, this requires assistance with going to the grocery store, driving to doctor's appointments or even helping around the house. For some families, the assistance required is more intensive; as such, it may be necessary to take steps to make sure that care planning guidelines and directives have been put in place.

Care planning a necessity in case of Alzheimer's or dementia

The unfortunate reality for many Georgia residents is that either they or a loved will suffer from some form of dementia during the aging process. Studies show that Alzheimer's is an increasing problem for the aging population. In light of the problems associated with these illnesses and the probability of developing one, advanced care planning can be critical is meeting the individual's needs and desires.

Care planning costs depends upon health and circumstances

The average Georgia resident looks forward to retirement. In many instances, the individual eagerly anticipates the opportunity to travel and enjoy life. Unfortunately, these opportunities may not be available when the time comes. Depending upon one's health and circumstances, one may need to consider care planning instead of travel planning.

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