Are you a senior living in Florida? As the year 2022 is coming to an end, have you given any time, research or thought to long-term planning? You would probably rather not think about a future when you might need help, but it is of critical importance.
Starting long-term care planning early, before a crisis occurs, and having input about what you want done during the crisis is invaluable. Even more, the peace of mind that comes from your family being able to work with an experienced elder law attorney to ensure a lifetime of savings is protected from nursing home bills is an invaluable gift.
Long-term planning can be complicated. What should you talk about with your Florida elder law attorney? Where should you start? Most of our clients have these questions and we understand and would, therefore, like to share an end of the year long-term care planning checklist that you may use when thinking about your long-term care planning over the holidays, or anytime throughout the year.
- Do you live in your own home?
- Do you have any mobility issues within your home?
- Is your home equipped for you to age in place?
- Do you have a life alert or alarm system in place to help you if you fall?
- Have you had any changes to your doctors or your medications?
- Are your doctors covered by your insurance?
- Have you had any new health care concerns or diagnoses over the past year?
- Do you have a good local support system?
- How is your mental health?
- Is your family supportive and do they all get along?
- Is your Florida estate plan up to date?
- Does your Florida durable power of attorney include super powers?
- Will you be able to live comfortably off your monthly income?
- Do you have long-term care insurance?
- Would you be able to pay for a nursing home out of pocket?
- Have you worked with an experienced Florida elder law attorney to create a plan for long-term care?
We know and understand that long-term planning may be a difficult issue to think about, but it is critical. When you plan for your long-term care, your entire family can benefit from the peace of mind that comes with that planning.
We know this article may raise more questions than it answers. We encourage you not to wait to ask us your elder law questions on this or any important issue facing Florida seniors today. The experienced team of attorneys here at Hemness Faller, The Law Office formerly known as Emma Hemness, P.A., are here for you and your family and we want to be YOUR estate planning and elder law attorneys. After all, we are ordinary people, providing extraordinary guidance backed by years of experience and advocacy for the vulnerable citizens in our community. We encourage you to contact us and schedule a meeting with us.