First Steps

The first steps in planning for long-term services involve educating yourself on local resources, asking questions, and assessing your situation.

Here are a few things you can do to get started as you plan for your future:

  • Assess your need for long-term services and supports.
  • Consider your financial circumstances and how they may change over time.
  • Maintain your health and independence by having healthy eating habits, physical activity, mental stimulation and regular health care check ups.
  • Talk with your friends and family about what kinds of care you would like.
  • Familiarize yourself with local resources.

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Talk to Your Family

The need for long-term services and supports can occur at any age, and you will have more options and choices if you start talking and planning now, rather than waiting for a crisis when you may not be able to make your own decisions.

Here are a few tips to get started:

  • Be clear about your own motives for raising the issue. What are your concerns, what do you want to have happen, and why?
  • Respect the fact that others may not be ready or able to face talking about changes in health and independence or the need for long term care.
  • Remember that listening is the part of communication we too often forget.
  • Look for natural opportunities to talk.

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