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Should your estate plan include a nursing home?

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2021 | Estate Planning

There are many reasons people have negative feelings about assisted living facilities. Unfortunately, news outlets and other media often portray the worst aspects giving the industry a bad reputation.

On a practical level, not all family members are qualified to care for loved ones at home, making nursing homes and other care facilities necessary. As you consider your estate plan, think about where you would like to receive care that could provide peace of mind to you and your family.

Here’s what you should know about including an assisted care facility as part of your estate plan.

Choosing a facility ahead of time

Death and dying can be unpredictable. Some people pass away quickly, while others slowly decline over the course of years. Often, people rely on family and loved ones to care for them as they struggle to maintain their health and home.

While you may not want to think about a time when your family can no longer care for you in your home, having a realistic understanding of your loved one’s limitations could be beneficial. Choosing a facility for your end-of-life care can make coordination simpler for you and your family.

The advantage of choosing

Often, caring for a loved one can be challenging and stressful. Although caregivers want to help their loved ones, it can certainly be overwhelming, especially if they are not experienced in providing that type of support.

Deciding on a facility (or an array of possible facilities) means you can tour the site(s) yourself and talk to the staff about your concerns. When your family members have options that you have approved, it can provide peace of mind when it is time to seek more help.


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