Article 22-Estate Planning Series: What is Long Term Care?

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In recent weeks, I have written about the importance of preparing for “long term care” needs.  Before going further, I need to address what that term means. 

Long term care is not about hospitalization. In fact, it is not really even about medical care.  It is about the inability to provide for one’s basic personal needs, often called “activities of daily living”, because of on-going health challenges.  Examples of “activities of daily living” include bathing, dressing, and eating.

Article 21-Estate Planning Series: Alzheimer’s – A Reason To Hope

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My purpose in writing these columns is to help readers make informed estate planning decisions, including “end of life” decisions.  To accomplish that purpose, I try to address legal issues using “every day” terms. 

It is one thing to understand a legal issue; it is another to be prepared when the complications of life arise.   In my professional experience, there is no better example than long term care planning.   More and more seniors, and their families, are learning the importance of planning for long term care needs . . .  and the incredible difficulties that can arise when no planning is done.

Article 20-Estate Planning Series: When the Need for Long Term Care Arises in an Instant

Written by Wright Law on . Posted in Estate Planning, Long Term Care, Trusts, Will

By definition, the need for long term care can last for years.  This is true even for residents of nursing homes, perhaps the most expensive level of care.  According to one study, the majority of nursing home patients will be there for at least a year.  In fact, almost 25% will remain patients for more than three years.

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