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Life Care Planning

Are you, your family members, or friends struggling to meet the needs of a loved one during a chronic illness, incapacity, or disability? If you see one of these signs of distress, the family may benefit from the Life Care Planning services of Fortson, Bentley and Griffin.

TEN SIGNS THAT FAMILIES NEED HELP

  1. The primary caregiver is suffering from burnout, ill health, frustration, guilt, or confusion.
  2. Family members are confused about care options, what to do next or where to get help.
  3. The loved one was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, or other chronic condition.
  4. The loved one is ill or disabled with children who live out of town.
  5. The loved one has experienced an event such as a fall, medication mistake, or accident.
  6. Family members have discovered the person wandering, malnourished, dehydrated, or unable to provide self-care.
  7. The loved one suffered a medical event such as a stroke or heart attack.
  8. The person is expressing worries about paying for long-term care in the future.
  9. Adult children are voicing concerns about a parent’s debilitating diagnoses.
  10. The loved one is hospitalized and the family has been told that returning home is not an option.

A Life Care Plan is a “roadmap” prepared by our law firm, which sets forth a customized and detailed action plan for your loved one. The Life Care Plan details the process to meet the unique care needs, pay for the care, receive appropriate monetary benefits to help pay for the care (Medicaid, Veterans Administration benefits, etc.), and meet other important goals. The Life Care Plan helps the family clearly understand what needs to be done to meet these goals (such as proper care, dignity, asset protection, relief for the well-spouse, etc.).

Our team at FB&G assists every step of the way. Our firm is committed to helping our Life Care Planning clients and their families navigate the long-term care and health care system, protecting and preserving assets while receiving the best care possible. Our team, which consists of an elder law attorney from FB&G, and a geriatric care coordinator and a benefits counselor from the Athens Area Council on Aging, assists the family members with support and information during this difficult journey. We counsel the family on all the options, as well as the resources and services available, and create a customized Life Care Plan to meet the client’s goals. Each client is unique, as is each situation our clients face. Some clients and their families are in crisis due to unexpected medical emergencies leaving loved ones incapacitated. Others are slowly succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease or another illness and must plan for incapacity and long-term care. Still, others are planning in advance, and need guidance and information. In every case, we focus on helping our clients live the life they want for as long as possible.

Please contact one of FB&G’s experienced life care planning attorneys online or by telephone at 706-548-1151 to discuss your particular legal needs.