Long Term Care Planning Month

October 31, 2022

Even with Long Term Care Planning Month coming to an end, there is never a wrong time to start thinking ahead about care options for you and your elderly loved ones.

By getting a head start on planning, you can minimize some of the stress of searching for and transitioning a loved one to long term care – and give yourself a roadmap that can adjust as new needs arise.

Why plan for long term care? 

The idea of needing care can be scary or upsetting, but planning for long term care ahead of time allows you to prepare for the financial and emotional changes that come with a transition in care. 

The cost of long term care varies depending on the type of community, the level of care your loved one needs, and other factors. Careful planning will allow your family to identify your options and budget for the best possible care.

Transitioning to a long term care community can be an emotional rollercoaster for both the person moving into long term care and their family. Talking about long term care ahead of time can help smooth out the process – for your loved one and yourself.

Where should I start?

There are a variety of resources to help you and your loved one begin planning for long term care: 

Understand Your Options and When It’s Time:

Having the Conversation: 

Paying for Long Term Care: 

Finding A Community: 

  • Assisted Living Vs. Home Care: Explore the differences between an assisted living community and in-home care.
  • Skilled Nursing FAQ: What is skilled nursing? See how SNFs are different from nursing homes and assisted living. 
  • Care Finder: Research local long term care communities in your area that could be options for your loved one.

Making The Move & Settling In