Life Care Planning

What is Elder Care?

Elder Care is “the fulfillment of the special needs and requirements that are unique to senior citizens, encompassing such services as assisted living, adult day care, long term care, nursing homes, hospice care and home care. It emphasizes the social and personal needs of senior citizens who require some assistance with daily activities and health care, but who desire to age with dignity.”

Arizona Elder Law AttorneyLife Care Planning focuses on the good health, safety and well being of our elderly and disabled clients. We develop a Life Care Plan designed to create continuity of care and an approach for navigating, legal, financial, health and housing issues. While asset protection may be a function of a Life Care plan, it is never the purpose of the Plan. Instead, our planning efforts are directed towards bettering the lives of our clients – who are the elders and not the elder’s children or other expectant heirs. Goals of elder care planning are in this order of priority:

  • Promoting and maintaining quality of life and quality of care for the elder;
  • Assisting the elder and his or her family with health care and long-term care decisions;
  • Preserving family wealth first, for the benefit of the elder, and second, for the benefit of the elder’s family.

We approach the planning process by discovering with our clients and their families the elder’s place on the elder care continuum and then figuring out what steps to take to find, get and pay for the most appropriate care. When our clients are a couple, both partners seldom have the same needs at the same time.  In addition, other family caregivers often need our support as well. The Life Care Plan provides a road map to address all of these concerns.

Watch this video to learn more about Life Care Planning.