Long Term Care Planning

elder-57287946Long-term care is a range of services and supports a person requires that someone else to help him with his physical or emotional needs over an extended period of time. Most long-term care is not medical care, but rather assistance with the basic personal tasks of everyday life and activities or needs that healthy, active people take for granted:

  • Helping with personal grooming
  • Attending to personal hygiene
  • Answering the phone
  • Meeting doctors’ appointments
  • Providing meals
  • Administering medications
  • Managing money
  • Paying bills
  • Doing the laundry
  • Making repairs to the home
  • Maintaining a yard

Planning for long-term care is also legal planning. Legal documents that state your wishes for medical care in an emergency and at the end of life and who will make decisions about your health care if you cannot make them yourself.

Experts recommend three types of legal documents, or advance directives:

  • a health care power of attorney
  • a living will
  • a do-not-resuscitate order, if desired