In an article I recently found on SeniorCare.com pertaining to Americans facing the prospect of long-term care, more than 75 percent of people admitted they had not discussed long-term care options with their family. For most, it’s a topic that is quickly pushed under the rug. After all, the costs and the circumstances that go along with long-term care make it an uncomfortable subject.
As a result, many folks embrace an attitude of denial instead of a viewpoint that is more grounded in reality. A study referenced in the article notes that only a third of Americans believe they will need long-term care at some point in their lives, compared to the nearly 70 percent that will actually need it. This is an alarming statistic because not having a plan in place can bring about a variety of consequences, from the dire and dangerous to the expensive and inconvenient.
Without a plan in place, the options for care are driven by crisis management instead of a proactive thought process and preventative care. A decision that has to be made on the fly is typically not the best one to support a person’s well-being over the long-term.
Having a plan in place supports a healthy, methodical and effective transition. The situation that occurs when a person without a plan is affected by a serious illness is chaotic and stressful. If a person becomes incapacitated, this could force his or her friends and family to make a decision about the level and type of care the person receives.
Another side effect of being ill-prepared could be financial devastation and severe emotional stress. The financial impact of long-term care can be significant, and people who believe that Medicare will cover the costs are mistaken. In fact, more than 72 percent of people who need long-term care end up paying for it out of pocket.
Few have the resources for long-term care, yet their assets, income levels or both make them ineligible for Medicaid. Proper planning provides consumers with more time to identify a means of acquiring the care they need and more control over their options, plus it reduces the stress that family members experience. It may seem overwhelming, but when a carefully mapped out plan is in place that considers everyone’s best interests, the result will be a sense of relief and added peace of mind.
For information about the options for care provided by Brightmore of Wilmington or Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall, contact me, Cindy Stancil, at 910-332-1783, or by email at [email protected]. You can visit the communities on the web at www.BrightmoreofWilmington.com, or www.CarolinaBayatAutumnHall.com.
Cindy Stancil is President of Liberty Senior Living Management Services, LLC. Leveraging 30 years of experience in senior and assisted living, Stancil manages operations at four senior living campuses under the Liberty Senior Living umbrella, including Brightmore of Wilmington, Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall, and Kempton of Wilmington. Liberty Senior Living Management Services LLC is a division of Liberty Healthcare Companies, a locally owned and operated company that provides a comprehensive approach to patient care. Cindy Stancil may be reached at 910-332-1783, or by email at [email protected]. Visit Brightmore of Wilmington or Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall on the web at www.BrightmoreofWilmington.com, or www.CarolinaBayatAutumnHall.com.
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