Long term care, end of life, whatever you call it – it’s better to plan for it

I attended a beautiful memorial service this Saturday for a dear friend’s mother.

The Hymns, Scripture passages and speakers had all been chosen by the decedent before she died.

Unfortunately, my friend’s family knew they were dealing with end stage cancer. Fortunately, they used that time to make plans so the whole family would not be forced to debate, disagree and make gut wrenching choices as to whether life support would be used, or whether her body would be buried or cremated.

We all die.

Most of us will die because of a chronic medical condition. We may have time to plan or make plans, but rarely do we take the opportunity to have these hard discussions.

This is also how we chose our long term care. We wait until we need assisted living, nursing or home health to discuss the need with family and chose the right provider. We make these important decisions quickly, because often we have little time — and we make these decisions with little to no information.

And that doesn’t begin to address the scariest issue of all – cost!

Although we don’t draft Wills at our law firm, we daily see the need for families to plan for the likely event of needing long term health care. And while we see the need for planning, we see very little planning. So little that we wrote a free book for Virginia families to read that provides the basic questions and resources regarding long term care.

Please email or call today to get your free copy. Want to share with your book club or Sunday school class? We will send you as many copies as you need – call or email today: lellerman@frithlawfirm.com / 540-985-0098.




Lauren Ellerman
Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at lellerman@frithlawfirm.com.