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Planning For Long-Term Care For Dummies by Carol Levine

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Chapter 2

A Personal Inventory of Needs and Preferences

In This Chapter

arrow Planning for future health needs

arrow Setting priorities for preferences

arrow Creating a profile for long-term care

Long-term care is not the same for everyone. A lot depends on your current health status and anticipated future needs, of course, and your preferences for assistance in managing day-to-day activities. Finances are an important part of the equation as well.

But two people with the same health and financial profile may want to live in different types of settings and receive help in different ways. In this chapter I help you step back from the immediate decisions and think about the kind of person you are and how you want to spend your time. If another person will be sharing this stage of life with you, you should both undertake this exercise. It may reveal some surprises as well as similarities in goals. If you are helping a parent plan, you can encourage them to go through the process with you. You will get to know each other in new and possibly revealing ways as this chapter guides you through finding out what type of long-term care best suits your needs and lifestyle. It also helps you create a long-term ...

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