Friday, January 10, 2014

Life Care Planning

Currently, about 12 million Americans require long-term-care services — a number the U.S. Commission on Long-Term Care says will nearly double by 2050. Today, most people receive care from family and friends, but an increasing number depend on costly in-home care, or end up in assisted living facilities or nursing homes, where median annual costs range from $40,000 to over $100,000. This is an expense most middle-class families can’t afford.

Some elder law firms offer life care planning services to help families find and finance the care they need. Life care planning can help relieve the physical, emotional and financial stress for families struggling to deal with the demands of caregiving. It can help locate available resources and employ the right caregivers and preserve the family’s financial resources. It can help keep a senior at home for as long as possible, and make the best residential transition if that ever becomes necessary.
Life care planning is an elder centered approach to meeting the needs of seniors who require assistance as those needs shift over time. The life care planning team helps identify a senior's present and future care needs and locate appropriate high-quality care providers. The goal is to promote and maintain the health, safety, well-being and quality of life of the elder client, whether the client is at home or in a residential facility.
My law firm, Marshall, Parker and Weber offers life care planning services. Initial planning and continuing assistance is available to seniors in Northcentral and Northeastern Pennsylvania and their families.  

Marshall, Parker and Weber is a good choice to be your life care planning law firm.  It is one of only eight law firms in Pennsylvania that have been selected for top tier Best Law Firm status in the area of elder law by US News Best Lawyers®. It is also one of only a few law firms in Pennsylvania that is a member of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association.

While maintaining quality of life is the primary goal, life care planners understand that the high costs associated with long term care can devastate a family. The planners at Marshall, Parker and Weber are experts in helping the family locate public and private sources to help pay for the cost of long-term care while preserving family financial security.

If your family is caring for an aging family member, life care planning might be a good fit for you. If your care recipient resides in Pennsylvania, you can find out more about life care planning by calling Marshall, Parker and Weber's elder care coordinator Karen Griswold at 1-800-401-4552 or by contacting her at webmail@paelderlaw.com.

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