Life Care Plans
What is A Life Care Plan?
A Life Care Plan is a comprehensive plan to provide for the continuity of care and qualify of life for persons with special needs. This is especially important upon the passing of current caregivers.
The goal of a Life Care Plan is to promote and maintain the good health, safety, well-being, and quality of life of persons with special needs. Providing a plan for continuity of care and guardianship for persons with special needs is extremely important. By providing key persons access to important information this can greatly improve the qualify of life for your loved one and help educate future guardians and caregivers to make the best choices about every aspect of your loved one’s well-being.
This process identifies present and potential future care needs, locate appropriate care, and ensure high-quality care. This approach relies less on crisis-oriented transactions and more on the development of on-going relationships with families of persons with special needs.
A Life Care Plan defines, organizes, prioritizes, and mobilizes every aspect of your loved’s one special needs care. In addition to traditional asset-focused law services such as estate planning, asset preservation, and public benefits qualification, a Life Care Plan typically includes provisions for care coordination, family education, health care and financial decision-making, care advocacy, crisis intervention, support and other services.
Every Life Care Plan is designed to achieve three primary objectives:
- Make sure the individual with special needs receives appropriate care, whether at home or in a residential facility, to maintain the quality of life that he or she desires.
- Locate public and private sources to help pay for long-term care while resolving issues created by the high cost of care.
- Offer peace of mind that results when the right choices are made to ensure loved ones are safe and getting the right care while preserving family resources.
It is important for future caregivers to know and understand the specific individual needs of your loved one. We guide you through the process of providing future caregivers with written care instructions specific to your loved one’s special needs and requirements.
We help you understand what benefits and services may be available to your loved one with special needs. When planning for the continuing care of your loved one, maintaining a comprehensive list of benefits and services that your loved one is receiving and/or needs is advisable.
Many government and private benefits and services are based upon income and assets of the individual with special needs. Thus, it is important to know the current rules and how changes in income and assets impact eligibility for benefits and services.
You are in the best position to provide advice to future caregivers regarding residential options that may be most suitable for your loved one based on needs and financial resources.
Communicating educational goals and needed life skills are critical components in the overall life care plan.
Communicating reasonable expectations, guidelines and goals regarding employment opportunities and objectives is an essential piece of promoting the greatest degree of independent living for your loved one with special needs.
You can greatly improve the quality of life of your loved one with special needs, by taking the time to provide detailed written information of the persons, things, hobbies, most important to your loved one. By providing future caregivers with a comprehensive life care plan you are greatly improving the likelihood that your loved one with special needs has the highest quality of life possible.