Long-Term Care Planning
It is important to understand what long-term care is and how it pertains to you. Long-term care (LTC) is a range of services and supports you may need to meet your health or personal needs over a long period of time. LTC planning involves deciding on a plan for what you want at the end of your life. It also includes arrangements in the event that you cannot make those decisions for yourself when the time comes. It entails discussing your wishes, completing legal documents, and appointing a health care decision maker.
You should consider these questions as you plan:
- What are your values and beliefs? When developing an advance care plan, consider your concerns, values, spiritual beliefs, or your ideas about what makes life worth living.
- What do you want for yourself? Most people think about the way they wish to face death or disability but may be uncomfortable discussing these topics. Sometimes sharing your own ideas, if you are helping someone, or reviewing the situations of other family members or friends who have been in similar situations, can help.
- Who do you want as your decision maker? Decide who should make decisions for you if you cannot. Choose someone who will understand and be able to carry out your wishes even if they include stopping life-sustaining treatment.