Partly through the miracle of modern medicine, people are living longer. This means that long-term health care planning becomes an important focus for Massachusetts residents as they age. Many older people spend their last years in nursing homes, their own homes or long-term care facilities.
These facilities provide the medical monitoring and assistance that family members may not be able to provide. Even staying at home could require the assistance of a medical professional who comes into the home. Sometimes, family members can provide the funds needed to provide the best care possible for a loved one, but they may not be able to do so for as long as may be needed. How an individual spends his or her last days can largely depend on the funds he or she has available.