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Start Medicaid planning early: Use a qualified elder law counsel

When it comes to planning for one's retirement and post-retirement days, there are only a few ways to finance the expensive health care options that are available. In Texas, as in the rest of the country, the cost of annual nursing home or other institutional costs are through the roof and exceed what most people can afford. Some will be fortunate enough to have planned early enough to purchase private long-term care insurance, which may be sufficient to pay the large tab for institutional care. For those who could not afford private insurance, the major option is to engage in Medicaid planning to determine one's qualifications for Medicaid.

Texas care planning: What is a DNH order?

Most people really do not like to give a lot of thought to how, when and where they want to die. Unfortunately, at some point, this is something for which one may want to prepare. When going through their care planning efforts, Texas residents who do no want to spend their last days in a hospital room may want to consider DNH orders.

Medicaid planning is not so simple

No one wants to end up in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, but it happens. When it does, figuring out how to pay for it can be a bit of a nightmare. Many people in Texas and elsewhere end up turning to Medicaid in order to pay their living and care costs. This is something for which they can plan, but Medicaid planning is not all that simple when the government is weighing what to do with the program.

Care planning for assisted living

No one wants to give up the freedom and comforts of living in his or her own home. Unfortunately, with age or illness sometimes comes the need for a little assistance. Not everyone can afford private home care, so moving into an assisted living community may be the answer. Care planning for assisted living is good to arrange long before Texas residents need it.

Medicaid planning a must in order to protect one's assets

Long-term care planning is something that many people in Texas and elsewhere fail to complete. At the end of the day, this only hurts them and their loved ones in the long run. Why? Long-term care is ridiculously expensive, and many people will require Medicaid in order to pay for it. However, without proper Medicaid planning, one may not qualify, and one's assets may be put in jeopardy.

Doing medical care planning now can prevent issues in the future

Getting older, getting sick and needing medical assistance is all a part of life. Whether people like to think of these issues or not, they happen. Being prepared for these things is important, but it is something for which many Texas residents fail to effectively plan. Taking the time to handle medical care planning now will only make things easier down the road for one's family.

Care planning involves considering incapacitation

The creation of wills and trusts is an extremely important process that helps ease the stress experienced by family members in Texas following the loss of a loved one. However, these tools are not the only part of estate planning. Many people also go through care planning, which includes naming a person to make medical and financial decisions on their behalf should they become incapacitated.

Care planning important in Texas estate plan

When most people consider the estate planning process, their thoughts immediately go to creating their will, and they may not think about anything more than that. However, there are other options to consider. In some instances, a person may become unable to make medical decisions for him or herself. With no previous care planning, doctors in Texas will turn to family members to make important medical decision.

Is LTC insurance costing so much as to be put out of reach?

Last week we offered perspective on the value of long-term care insurance. The reality is that everyone in Texas is getting older and the expectation of many experts is that extended stays in assisted living or nursing homes are not so much a possibility as a probability for many of us. In that light we noted that many experts agree that having LTC insurance is a wise idea.

Is it worth getting Long-Term Care Insurance?

There is a cost to getting older. It is inevitable. The vigor most of us in Texas enjoy through most of our lives doesn't usually last to our dying day. For some the decline can be sudden. For others, issues related to aging can strike relatively early and last for years.


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