Advocates for elder care in Massachusetts say that the rules for dementia and Alzheimer's care units in nursing home facilities have been delayed because of the state's Department of Health. Last year, the state's legislators finally approved legislation that would ensure the development of dementia and Alzheimer's care standards in nursing homes that were licensed by the state.
Most people aren't very good at planning for their demise or long-term care. It's just not something anyone likes to think about, let alone take action about. A new pilot study in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management may help older people and their families work through the care planning process.
According to one financial expert, the cost of long-term care poses the greatest risk to a person's financial plans. Most people haven't made any plans for long-term care, and it can impact virtually every area of our lives, including those of our families. Anyone who is over the age of 50 needs to make plans for their estate, and those plans need to include long-term care, tax planning and other important matters. Here are some facts why this is so important.
Discussions about end-of-life decisions are often put off simply because it is a topic that is uncomfortable for everyone involved. No one likes to talk about death, but when it comes to advance-care directives, the focus should be on how you or a loved one wants to live. It is about knowing one's wishes when it comes to important decisions such as resuscitation efforts, artificial nutrition and hydration and who will have the authority to speak for the patient.
No one really likes to think about getting older, but it really is inevitable. As we age, though, there are many decisions that need to made regarding our estate, including care planning. Long term care planning is only one piece of the puzzle, and it shouldn't be put off until it is needed.
If you're caring for an elderly parent or both parents, then your work is truly never done. It's not just your time that is always in demand, though. Many children spend thousands of dollars caring for their parents before deciding to place them in a nursing home or assisted living facility. In addition, most adult children are usually trying to manage a career, marriage and children, too. Those expenses, coupled with the expense of taking care of a parent, can really take a toll on many Massachusetts families' budgets.
When Boston, Massachusetts, families consider long term care planning options, it can be difficult to even begin to estimate the costs associated with some diseases that affect the elderly. According to a recent study by the RAND Corp and the University of Michigan, the number of American families that will have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's will increase at least twofold over the next three decades.
While one hopes they have plenty of time when it comes to long term care planning, it doesn't always happen that way. Adult children, including those in Boston, Massachusetts, often find themselves dealing with their parent's long-term care issues that arise without much notice.
The National Alzheimer's Project Act of 2010 (NAPA) created the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's research, Care and Services. On April 29, 2013, the council heard from Alzheimer's caregivers and patients about long-term care planning, dementia and a variety of other issues affecting those who live with this debilitating disease. The council is updating the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease. The purpose of that document is to identify various strategies to help the country treat or prevent Alzheimer's by 2025.
People are living longer than ever today and while this is good news, it does bring about some difficulties. As people live longer, they will need more long-term care planning options. Many senior citizens have financial plans in place to deal with retirement; however, most do not have the money to afford long--term care if it was needed.