Elders Anticipating Care Needs
Something just happened that has us concerned about our loved one’s future.
If something happens that leaves you concerned about your own health or that of a spouse or elderly loved one, what will you do? Anticipating elder care needs is not something you can always plan for.
These events—we call them trigger events—often signal that a loved one’s condition is deteriorating, even though it might be months or years before care outside the home is needed. The trigger event could take many different forms:
- diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, MS, Alzheimer’s disease, or other chronic condition
- catastrophic fall, medication mishap, fire, accident in home, or car wreck
- medical emergency such as a stroke, heart attack, or aneurysm
- discovery that your loved one is wandering, malnourished, dehydrated, or unable to provide self-care due to functional limitations
- primary caregiver to the loved one suffers from burnout or declining health
You could wait until your loved one needs immediate nursing home care to make plans. However, the delay puts you, your family, and your loved one at a distinct disadvantage.
That’s where Elder Law of East Tennessee can help. Our proactive planning strategies will keep you in the driver’s seat during every step of the long-term care journey, saving you time, money, and heartache. Early planning helps get your loved one the care he or she needs today, which offers welcome relief for caregivers. It plugs you into our network of community services and resources. It increases the chances that your loved one can age at home, which helps preserve independence and dignity. It puts all your legal and financial affairs in order. It enables your family to avoid the asset protection crisis that can often occur when your loved one needs long-term care outside the home. And it equips you with a network of support that will help you deal with future legal, health care, and long-term care transitions.
Sidestep the crisis. Elder Law of East Tennessee can show you how.