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Remember health care in estate planning

New York residents who are planning for retirement are generally focused on income streams, managing risk, minimizing tax implications and Social Security. A key aspect of planning for retirement is the inclusion of health care planning. Many financial planners fail to make it a focus in their conversations with prospective clients, but that could be doing them a disservice.

The role of long-term care insurance in an estate plan

New York residents who are creating or reviewing their estate plan might also want to think about long-term care planning. People may have planned carefully for retirement, but there might still be unexpected costs associated with long-term care. It is estimated that more than two-thirds of people who are now 65 will require long-term care at some point in their lives.

Long-term care benefits for veterans

Older veterans and the surviving spouses in New York and the rest of the country may be entitled to certain long-term care benefits to which they may not be aware. These Veterans Administration benefits could help to alleviate some the financial burden brought on by long-term care expenses.

Benefits of estate planning at an early age

New York residents might not need long-term care when they are in their 50s. However, it's best to plan for such things ahead of time. Those who do need care for an extended period may choose to pay for it themselves, use government benefits or let an insurance policy pay for it. Creating a plan now could make it easier to use any of those strategies in the future.

Most older Americans have not started saving for long-term care

Two thirds of older Americans in New York and elsewhere have not put away funds for future care expenses. A survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which polled 1,341 Americans, revealed this number.

Should you think about preparing advance directives?

Recently, you may have begun thinking about advance directives because someone close to you was hospitalized suddenly. Perhaps your brother-in-law was admitted following a stroke. He was unable to speak and was completely dependent on the medical staff to make decisions about his care. His wife, your sister, was concerned about a particular kind of therapy that was prescribed for Jim and wished he could tell the doctors whether he wanted it.

5 pitfalls to avoid in choosing an assisted living facility

When you find that your elderly parent needs the kind of help you can no longer provide, it may be time to consider a move to an assisted living facility. Your first thought may be about a nearby home, one you have admired because of its beautiful landscaping and colonial architecture. Do not be swayed by outward appearances, however. You need to learn about staffing, costs, and how well your parent will be cared for at this or any other facility. When you begin a serious search for new living arrangements for Mom or Dad, here are five pitfalls to avoid.

Understanding long-term care

Long-term care is a reality that many people may have to face as they age. Individuals living in New York who are concerned about their long-term care or that of elderly loved ones should have a realistic view of what it entails.

Assessing the safety and security of an assisted living facility

By law, assisted living facilities must provide residents with the highest feasible level of care in terms of physical, mental and social well-being. If the facility receives federal funds, it must meet certain standards as set forth in the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987. If you or a loved one is considering moving to such a facility, you will have a lot of questions, including how matters of safety and security are handled.

Planning eases transition to managing an elder's affairs

Many New York families eventually need to address the care of an aging relative. Caretakers can reduce stress and legal roadblocks by preparing the legal framework to transition responsibilities before the need arises. Proper documentation can express the elder's wishes about medical care, living arrangements and who receives control of money and property. Talking to an elder about an advanced medical directive and a power of attorney creates an opportunity to make additional decisions that could protect assets if the relative needs to enter a nursing home.