What is Life Care Planning? (Part 1 of 2)

by Joyce Konczyk

What is Life Care Planning?
• A TEAM approach to organizing care for a loved one with a chronic, progressive, debilitating illness
• A service that helps people access and pay for quality care
• A process that provides guidance navigating the health care maze with the assistance of:
o Elder law attorneys
o Medicaid and VA paralegal
o Experienced geriatric social worker

What are the Objectives of Life Care Planning?
CREATE estate and disability planning documents
AMEND and MODIFY current estate planning documents in light of changing health issues
REVIEW and NEGOTIATE housing, health care, long term care insurance and disability contracts
IDENTIFY care resources and goals
ACCESS quality care and services
MAINTAIN elders’ control of decision making
PROTECT the healthy spouse
COORDINATE health providers
PROVIDE on-going education, support and advocacy
PREVENT crises by early intervention
ADDRESS fear of isolation, outliving assets, unwanted life support
MAXIMIZE resources

Maser Amundson, P.A., is the first and only (at this time) law firm in Minnesota to offer this comprehensive planning process to their clients and families

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