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How to Pick the Right Long-Term Care Facility

Most people cherish their independence, but it is an unfortunate fact that many people of advanced age or who suffer from debilitating illnesses lack the resources needed to live alone safely. Fortunately, there are many facilities in Washington that can provide people with long-term care. In fact, when presented with the vast number of long-term care facilities throughout the state, many people become overwhelmed and find themselves unable to choose. There are factors people should consider when choosing a long-term care center, though, to ensure they make the right decision. If you have questions about obtaining long-term care for you or a loved one or any other estate planning need, it is in your best interest to meet with a capable estate planning lawyer as soon as possible.

How to Pick the Right Long-Term Care Facility

Prior to selecting a long-term care facility for you or a loved one, you should consider your priorities. In other words, you should evaluate whether you require a facility that provides extensive safety precautions, such as a memory unit for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s, and systems to prevent elopement or are looking for a facility that offers transportation services. Some people who need minimal assistance place an emphasis on the activities and dining options available at long-term care facilities.

It is also important to determine if your current healthcare provider has the privileges needed to treat you at a facility and what medical services they offer in the facility or are able to help you obtain if you become critically ill. You should also consider speaking with current residents of the facility or people that have loved ones living there to determine if they are satisfied with the level of care offered.

From a practical standpoint, it is also important to consider the costs associated with a stay in a long-term care facility. Stays in long-term care facilities can be costly, and in most instances, Medicare provides limited coverage for the cost of long-term care. In most cases, people must pay for such care with their own long-term care insurance, assets, or Medicaid. Many people are reluctant to deplete the property they have accumulated over their lifetime to cover the cost of long-term care, but only certain people with limited income and assets qualify for Medicaid.

Fortunately, there are legal measures people can take to protect their wealth and obtain Medicaid benefits, like transferring property to family members during their lifetime instead of leaving it to them in a will. The rules pertaining to property transfers with regard to Medicaid eligibility are complicated, however, and it is smart for anyone considering taking such measures to obtain the assistance of a skilled estate planning attorney.

Discuss Your Long-Term Goals with an Estate Planning Attorney

Estate planning attorneys provide many services in addition to helping execute wills; they also aid people in determining their goals with regard to long-term care, health care, financial decisions, and other complex issues. If you need help selecting a long-term care facility, it is wise to meet with an estate planning attorney to discuss your options. Call Gregorek & Associates at 425-284-3450 or fill out our contact form and we will be in touch to schedule a meeting.

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