Client Training Module - Getting the Most from Your Life Care Plan
What is a Life Care Plan?
A Life Care Plan helps families respond to the legal, financial and personal challenges caused by aging, chronic illness and disability. It defines, organizes, prioritizes, and mobilizes many aspects of an older adult’s care. A typical Life Care Plan includes services from traditional legal practice areas such as elder law and estate planning as well as services not typically found in traditional elder law firms, such as care coordination, family education, Medicare and insurance support, and care advocacy.
In a Life Care Planning Law Firm, a team of legal (Certified Elder Law Attorneys, attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants) and non-legal (social workers, public benefits specialists, family therapists, geriatric care coordinators, and nurses) professionals work together to identify a client’s present and future legal, financial, residential, and personal needs, and develop a Life Care Plan that will meet those needs. Life Care Planning Law Firms use a model called the Elder Care Continuum to explain the natural progression of aging and its impact on an elder’s health, mobility, housing, and financial resources.
The following services are included in a Life Care Plan:
- Elder Law: Estate planning, wills, trusts, Special Needs trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives, healthcare powers of attorney, guardianships, end-of-life planning, Social Security benefits, VA benefits, Medicaid qualification, asset protection, and probate.
- Care Coordination & Advocacy: Care assessments, caregiver recruitment/selection, health care provider coordination, financial decision-making, healthcare decision-making, care transition management, housing transition management, family education, decision support, crisis avoidance planning, crisis intervention, community resource referrals, and care/nursing home advocacy.
- Insurance support: Medicare qualification, decision support, and coordination of benefits.
Learn more about how a Life Care Plan benefits both elders and family caregivers.