A Couple’s Guide to Eldercare Planning

Senior couple using laptop to discuss eldercare planning at home

Eldercare planning is a tough topic that most couples avoid. The thought of losing their independence and then later, their life together, can create feelings of fear and loss. As difficult as it is to consider, the earlier you discuss your eldercare expectations with your spouse, the easier it will be to implement a successful plan for care. With this in mind, we’ve created the ‘couple’s guide to eldercare planning.’ So, have courage and tackle eldercare planning together, with David York Agency by your side.

David York Agency’s Guide to Eldercare Planning

Once you are ready to discuss an eldercare plan with your spouse, be sure to schedule plenty of time to discuss all aspects of your future. Using a checklist can help you ensure that nothing is forgotten. David York Agency has published a comprehensive checklist to help in this task.

Take the time to research and discuss all the options, and compare notes. David York Agency has also published a wonderful workbook just for this purpose. You can access it here and print out as many as you need. Please note that your spouse will need a separate eldercare plan.

Below, you’ll find a list of important topics you’ll need to visit when you begin planning for eldercare:

  1. Professionals List. Gather the contact information for your doctors, accountant, and other trusted professionals.
  2. Important Documents. Gather essential documents such as your birth certificate, social security card, and insurance cards.
  3. Financial Assets List. Pull together all the information on valuable possessions like vehicles and property.
  4. Estate Planning Documents. If you have yet to do so, discuss creating a will and a living will. Determine how you want to spend the final years of your lives. For example, if you want to stay at home for as long as possible, consider utilizing an agency that can provide in-home care.
  5. End of Life Arrangements. Discuss burial plans and options for the widowed spouse.


Early eldercare planning will bring confidence and security to both you and your partner. Each of you will be able to make decisions on the other’s behalf, knowing that you’ve already determined how your spouse would handle any given situation.

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Creating a Care Plan for Alzheimer’s

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There are other circumstances that require a more urgent need for a long-term care plan. If a loved one has recently been diagnosed with a degenerative disease, you will want to think about making plans as soon as possible. It is best to do this early, before their condition worsens. This is especially true in cases such as Alzheimer’s disease. 

Make Long-Term Care Plan for Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s disease is something that most people prefer not to think about. For those who have just been diagnosed with the disease, it is probably frightening. It becomes difficult to think about the future. However, waiting to bring legal and financial affairs into order can have serious consequences. They may lead to incomplete or inadequate care for patients down the road. That’s why it’s important to begin planning for ill health before Alzheimer’s disease starts to take its toll.

The National Institute of Aging recommends that families start their estate planning soon after an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. In these early stages, the patient is still able to be an active participant in legal, financial, and medical discussions. While the National Institute of Aging guidelines reference Alzheimer’s disease, the early planning that the institute recommends applies broadly to the care of anyone with a debilitating disease. That planning includes home healthcare.

Families also benefit from these early discussions. When the patient participates in planning for his or her care, their family will have more clarity. Their loved one can spell out their precise wishes . Everyone will feel more prepared for the tough decisions that must be made in the coming years.

Planning for Alzheimer’s disease requires drawing up several formal documents, such as:

  • A Living Will: This document explains what the person wants for end-of-life medical treatment.
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare: This documentation designates which person will make the health care decisions when the Alzheimer’s Disease patient can no longer make such decisions.
  • Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR): This order directs medical professionals about what they should do if the patient’s heart or breathing stops.
  • Advance Directives: Financial planning must include advance directives, such as a will that establishes which people will receive a person’s assets upon death.
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Finances: Similar to the power of attorney for healthcare, the power of attorney for finances establishes who makes financial decisions for a person when he or she is no longer able to do so.

Keep home healthcare in the forefront as you start to formulate a care plan for your aging loved one. You may want to consider including reliable elder care services. At David York Agency, we can provide a variety of in-home health care services to support the health and wellness of your loved one in every stage of life. For more information about your options, we would be happy to discuss how our services can fit into your plan.

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate home caregivers, contact us at 877.216.7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We are happy to provide you with the assistance you loved one needs as he or she ages. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.

Implement an Eldercare Plan Before the Need for Eldercare Services Arises

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As your loved one ages, it becomes more and more difficult for them to think clearly about the care they will need in the future. Mental clarity and astuteness wane, unexpected health conditions arise, and before you know it, you could be left making decisions about the care of your loved one, without their valuable input.

Everyone deserves to have a say in how they will be cared for as they get older. That’s why it is so important for seniors and their loved ones to discuss a care plan for the future, before complications occur or elder care services are actually needed.

A care plan addresses the needs that may arise as someone grows older and begins to lose his or her ability to remain independent. A good care plan designates the different responsibilities that are specific to the care of the elderly person. This allows everyone involved to make rational, educated decisions that are in the best interest of their loved one.

There are four different scenarios that usually ignite the need for an elder care plan:

  • The elder is preparing for future situations.
  • The elder’s family is anticipating the need for certain resources in order to properly care for their loved one.
  • The adult caring for the elderly individual is searching for resources that pertain to elder care.
  • The elder has been diagnosed with a condition they know will require future care planning.

An elder care plan requires resources from a number of different areas, such as financial planning, healthcare, transportation, emotional management, social needs, and daily activities. It’s important to start thinking about the aging process well in advance in order to help your loved one maintain his or her quality of life for years to come.

Have a discussion that’s centered around the wishes and desires of your loved one concerning short-term and long-term care goals, as well as his or her physical abilities. As the needs of your loved one change, the resources you use will evolve accordingly.

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate home caregivers, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best to provide you with the assistance you loved one needs as he or she ages. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.