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Use long-term planning to save money for when you age

There is no doubt that Americans are living long lives. It is not uncommon to read a local Michigan story about an individual reaching the 100-year-old mark and still enjoying life. Whereas the life expectancy of the average person was relatively low only a few generations ago, now many people comfortably survive into their eighties and nineties.

Ways to pay for long-term care

It is a fact that everyone will eventually age and suffer physical decline. While everyone ages in different ways and some people will suffer health problems or physical infirmities that others do not, no one knows for sure what will happen in the future. It is for this reason that long-term planning is so important. Long-term care can refer to many different things-residence in a nursing home, assistive support and other supports-but what is certain is that long-term care will come with certain and often significant costs.

Michigan takes advantage of waiver in Medicaid expansion

One of the most commonly understood reasons for planning for the future is ensuring that there will be sufficient resources available to cover one's medical expenses. It is understood and even expected that medical expenses often increase with age, and these expenses can become a serious burden on both the individual needing the medical care and his or her family members. Although Medicaid planning is an important part of long term planning, it should not be the only part--especially with the frequent changes, both good and bad, to the Medicaid program.

Chief of Medicare system resigns

There are so many different aspects of long-term care planning that it is understandable that many people get confused or fail to engage in long term planning because they do not even know where to start. Medicare is one of the aspects of long term planning of which many people are aware, at least to some extent, although they may not understand how Medicare fits together with other elements of long-term care. Medicare itself is complex and is frequently in the news as developments occur and leadership changes.

When navigating through long term planning, come to us

There are so many facets to long-term care planning that many people fail to discuss it or investigate the options. This is a mistake, though, because long term planning is one of the best ways of protecting assets and ensuring that your wishes are carried out when you are no longer able to articulate them or make them known. Many people think that long term planning is unnecessary but the reality is that the majority of people will need some form of care, whether temporary or permanent, at some point in their lives. Furthermore, long-term care planning is not solely related to medical needs or designating powers of attorney in the case of incapacity.

What are the basics of long-term care planning?

When most people think of planning for their futures, they think about retirement savings or drafting a will. Many people overlook planning for long-term care because they misunderstand what long-term care actually refers to or underestimate how likely it is that they will need some form of long-term care. Overall, approximately 70% of people age 65 or older have a realistic expectation of requiring some form of long-term care in the future.

70 percent of 65-year-olds will need long-term care in the future

Many people spend tons of time preparing and planning for some things--like a wedding or a vacation--and virtually no time on other important issues--such as long-term care. The problem is that many Michigan residents do not like to think about a time when they may become partially or fully incapacitated or need to rely on the care of others. Long term planning is crucial, however, for those who want to protect their interests and their families and ensure that their wishes are carried.

Why should I worry about long-term care planning?

Most Michigan resident are accustomed to the idea of planning for the risk of loss in certain situations. For example, people purchase car and home insurance to protect themselves financially if they are involved in a serious accident or experience severe damage to their home. However, many people fail to engage in long term planning, even though the need is quite significant.

Long term planning necessary as relative caregivers decrease

Planning for one's death or physical limitations and health problems is not generally regarded as a pleasant experience by most people. However, long term planning is critical for aging Michigans who want to ensure that their wishes are followed with regard to their medical care and end-of-life plans. In addition, long-term care planning is important to ensure that rising medical expenses and potential nursing home expenses do not unduly burden relatives and caregivers.

How does Medicaid factor into long-term care planning?

Many people may be familiar with Medicaid, a program operated by the state and federal governments to provide medical coverage for people who meet certain income and health-related qualifications. In addition to providing basic medical coverage, Medicaid benefits can also be used to cover the cost of long-term care.

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