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2 ways to prepare for end-of-life medical decisions

Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to effective end-of-life planning. It’s hard to blame people for putting it off since it’s often uncomfortable for most people to even consider that subject. Any comprehensive approach to estate planning should take...

What is healthy spouse protection?

When one spouse has long-term care needs, but the other does not, it can lead to monetary concerns. Fortunately, federal law has asset and income protections in place to prevent financial hardships. What are healthy spousal impoverishment protections? Spouses of...

2 types of guardianships in Colorado

As your parents get older, medical issues may arise that you are not ready for. You may see a decline in mental health or physical ability. Although it may not be something you want to think about, you may not have much time left with them.  Do you want to help them...

Medicaid alternatives to nursing home care

Medicaid's long-term care coverage used to only pay for institutional care such as a nursing home. Now, Medicaid has programs that provide alternatives that you or a loved one may find more appealing. The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing...

3 Things to do if a parent needs long-term care

As families grow, life situations change and new needs arise. When children become adults, finding ways to provide long-term care for their aging parents becomes a top concern.  If this is the point where you and your loved ones are right now, there are ways to make...

Signs that a loved one needs long-term care

It may not always be obvious when a family member needs long-term health care. If you live a distance from your parent, the signs of mental and physical decline can be even more difficult to detect.  Be aware of these symptoms that indicate that a loved one may need...

Navigating the Medicaid look-back period

You may eventually require care in a long-term residential facility and worry about affording it. Many people who need long-term care are unable to pay for it out of pocket. In many cases, government assistance programs, such as Medicaid, can help with expenses....