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The necessity for health care planning illustrated by new numbers

For the first time, the federal government has collected information regarding individuals who receive some level of paid long-term care. The numbers do not include aging relatives cared for by family members. The figures corroborate that the need for long-term health care planning is clear.

The holidays and health care planning in Massachusetts

Now is the time of year when Massachusetts families that may not get to be together much during the rest of the year are together. This may not seem like an opportune time to discuss health care planning, but there never really is an optimal time to broach the subject. No one wants to think about becoming incapacitated -- especially around the holidays. However, making preparations might give everyone peace of mind.

Confused about long term health care planning in Massachusetts

Most Americans believe that there is a need to plan for long term care. However, very few people actually follow through with long term health care planning. There are many misconceptions about how long term health care is paid for by a lot of Americans, including many in Massachusetts.

Rising insurance rates in Mass. will affect health care planning

Fears are abounding that more and more seniors will have trouble affording their long-term care, according to experts. Rising long-term care insurance rates in Massachusetts mean that health care planning has become more complicated for the state's elderly population. Coverage for nursing homes, assisted living and other health support continues to rise in price.

Health care planning could prove burdensome in Massachusetts

When a Massachusetts resident thinks about long-term care, he or she likely takes Medicare or Medicaid into consideration. Unfortunately, many Americans don't know that Medicare will not pay for nursing home stays or assisted living. The same is true for day-to-day eldercare -- and many families end up depleting their savings in order to cover the costs of this type of care for a loved one prior to his or her death. These facts make it all the more apparent that health care planning for the latter years of life should be an important component of the estate planning process.

Why long-term care planning can be crucial right now

Planning ahead is something that nearly everyone knows they should do, but it can be one of the most difficult things to actually do. A lot of times, a person simply gets so focused on the present that they do not feel like they have time to sit back and plan ahead. Other times, people avoid thinking about the certain events in the future because it is unpleasant or uncomfortable.

Having a long-term care plan in case of 'the long goodbye'

People generally do not like to think of what will happen at the end of their lives and it can be unpleasant to consider the possibilities of getting sick. But the truth is that even though it can be difficult, having a long-term care plan in place is not only beneficial to an individual, but it often eases the financial and emotional strain of the loved ones around us.

Study: Most people have inadequate end-of-life care plans

We often discuss some difficult topics in this blog. People do not necessarily like to or want to think about what will happen to them and their estates after they are gone and many people avoid making appropriate plans. Some folks in Massachusetts decide that there is already enough to worry about with the stresses of a career, finances and a family so they put off unpleasant tasks, including long-term care planning. However, neglecting to deal with this issue can end up having a very serious impact on everyone around you.

Challenges of long-term care planning and skilled-nursing care

As our loved ones get older, the reality is that many of them will need increasing levels of medical assistance. The stress of coping with these changes emotionally can be difficult enough for families in Massachusetts. Add in the confusing paperwork, the rigid restrictions of certain care programs and the high costs of certain levels of care and it can all be too much for a spouse or family member to handle.

Billionaires make bold pledge to donate half their fortune

There is a common belief that with more money comes fewer worries. While this may be true when it comes to more common concerns like paying the bills or buying a house, it is not to say that wealthy people do not have their own financial obstacles. People in and around Boston who are very wealthy may have difficult decisions to make when it comes to what they would like to happen with their money now and after they have passed on.