It’s a fact: nearly half of all Americans will need long term care at some point in their lives. Additionally, one in five people over the age of 50 will probably need long-term care within the next 12 months.
These aren’t reasons to worry; they’re reasons to become proactive in the quest for your ideal future. Pre-planning is crucial when deciding on a facility. The more thought you put to it, the more likely you’ll choose a place that can provide the services you need and the quality of care you deserve.
Planning helps to make transitions less stressful for new residents, families and loved ones. When friends or family members can no longer care for themselves, it can be a rough time. That’s why conversations about long term care wishes in advance are helpful. The best scenario is one where all parties realistically evaluate the current situation and how it may change in the short or long term, and go from there.
Additionally, pre-planning when it comes to your estate or deciding on a living will is crucial. It’s certainly something no one enjoys thinking about, but making sure your true wishes are known will give you, and everyone who cares about you a great gift: peace of mind.