Long Term Planning for Southeast Texas Seniors – Share Your Wishes During the Holidays

Long Term Planning for Southeast Texas Seniors

Share your goals and desires with family during the holidays this year

Each year, thousands of Americans are thrust into the uncomfortable role of making long-term care decisions for their family members. These emotional decisions can create stressful situations for the entire family, in addition to being time-consuming and expensive.

Fortunately, there is a way to help reduce the stress connected to these situations: communication. Discussing plans for long-term care before the need arises can greatly reduce the stress that may arise while dealing with an illness or disability.

“Raising the subject may create some momentary awkwardness for both parents and their adult children,” says Dean Anderson, product leader at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. “However, we believe it is far better to discuss long-term care options ahead of time and together decide what makes the most sense for the family.”

Share information with your family this holiday season about your long-term care goals:

* Does the person receiving care prefer to stay at home or at a care facility?

* Would a family member leave their job to care for a spouse or parent?

* How will long-term care expenses be covered?

* Is there a long-term care insurance policy in place?

Clear communication can help eliminate the problem of catching a spouse or adult child off guard. It can also help eliminate the burden of uncertainty with difficult decisions. Spelling out the location of insurance policies, as well as care wishes, ensures that family members have the information they need to provide for their loved one’s desired care.

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Create a financial and care inventory

The holidays also serve as a good time to update family members on the location and status of financial and care documents. Having an inventory of financial and health care documents provides family members with a roadmap to critical information. It is focused on the “where” information on financial holdings can be found, not specific details about the financial holdings. The inventory is not a legal document, and it need not divulge personal or confidential details that you are not prepared to share. It should, however, enable loved ones to quickly locate where you keep your financial, legal, care and legacy records should a crisis occur.

This inventory should be updated at least annually, and copies should be given to family members, a lawyer or executor – or placed in a secure location where those who might need it can access it.

While each family’s inventory will differ, the inventory should include information related to where someone can find the following:Senior News Southeast Texas, senior news Houston, Senior news Texas, senior events Beaumont, senior calendar Texas, health fair East Texas

1. Living wills/health care directives

2. Insurance contracts (health, life, long-term care, annuities, auto, homeowners, etc.)

3. Wills, trusts and deeds

4. Bank accounts and investments/investment accounts

5. Credit card accounts and outstanding deb

6. Contact information for lawyers, accountants, brokers, agents

7. Jewelry and other valuables

8. Essential keys

9. Instructions related to funeral arrangements

10. Personal instructions or messages

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11. Location of birth, marriage and military discharge certificates. At SETX Seniors we hear from a lot of families unsure about how to conduct military funerals. Have the conversation and make arrangements now to avoid complications later.

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12. Information related to charitable gifts

While it may be a difficult topic to bring up, broach the subject while gathered with your family members. Open and honest communication about long-term care and other financial uncertainties may be one of the best gifts you give this season.

We hope today’s feature, Long Term Planning for Southeast Texas SeniorsShare your goals and desires with family during the holidays this year, has been helpful.

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