Plan for Your Long-Term Care Needs
When you plan ahead for long-term care, you lay the groundwork that will make it easier for you and
your loved ones when long-term care becomes a necessity in the future.
When you plan ahead, you make it easier to stay independent. You give yourself more choices and confidence
than if you wait until you are suddenly faced with a long-term care decision like needing help with personal
needs such as using the bathroom, showering, or fixing your meals. Everyone should have a long-term plan so
you can tell your loved ones what services, supports, housing, finance, and/or legal options you prefer.
Get Started Planning Now
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
We highly recommend the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website,
the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information.
You can take a Planning IQ Quiz
to get suggestions on where to begin.
You can order or download a free Future Planning Kit.
You'll find helpful information in these categories:
- Understanding Long-Term Care
- Planning for Long-Term Care
- Paying for Long-Term Care
- Additional Resources
And you'll get plenty of answers to common questions such as how can you pay for long-term care? Where do you want to
receive care? How can you assess your risk for needing long-term care services? And what planning documents do you need?
Visit their website to learn more.
The California Department of Aging offers a free downloadable consumer's guide to long-term care called
Taking Care of Tomorrow.
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