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FAQs about long-term care planning in New York

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2024 | Elder Law | 0 comments

Planning for long-term care is an important consideration for anyone looking ahead to their later years. In New York State, residents often have questions about how to best prepare for the possibility of needing long-term care.

Regardless of the type of long-term care you are considering, understanding your options is important. The process can seem overwhelming, but gaining a clear perspective on common questions can help ease the stress.

What are the types of long-term care available?

New York offers a variety of long-term care options to meet different needs. These include in-home care services, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. In-home care allows individuals to receive assistance with daily activities right at their homes. Assisted living facilities provide a more communal living situation with access to help when needed. For those who require round-the-clock medical attention, nursing homes offer extensive care services.

How can I pay for long-term care?

Paying for long-term care is a major concern for many. Options include private funding, long-term care insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. Private funding comes from personal savings or retirement funds. Long-term care insurance, which must be purchased before one needs to use it, can cover many expenses that Medicare does not. Medicaid provides assistance for low-income individuals but requires meeting specific eligibility criteria. Medicare offers limited long-term care coverage, generally only covering short stays in a nursing home or limited home health care under certain conditions.

Are there programs to help with long-term care planning?

New York State offers several programs to assist with long-term care planning. The New York State Office for the Aging provides resources and support services, including counseling on long-term care options and insurance. Additionally, various local agencies on aging offer workshops and individual advisory services to help residents understand and access the available care options and financial support systems.

Understanding long-term care options and planning in advance can significantly reduce the challenges associated with aging. New Yorkers have many resources at their disposal to ensure they make the best decisions for their long-term health and well-being.