Aging can weaken our decision-making ability. And when unexpected events occur, poor decisions are the likely result.
A carefully crafted Whealthcare plan, reviewed regularly, is more likely to bring success. It focuses on four key areas:
- Financial decision-making. Accidents, illness and normal aging can lead to the wrong person making these decisions.
- Healthcare decision-making. Illness makes it hard to make choices. Navigating healthcare becomes increasingly complex for the unprepared.
- Living arrangements. This change often arrives unexpectedly. The elderly find it difficult to live in the typical modern home.
- Driving. No one wants to talk about this, but agreements made long in advance can help the transition.
Starting early is important. Start putting things in place. Document your preferences with Whealthcare planning today!
We often view aging with apprehension.We know it’s good to get older because it means we are still alive. However, we often fear the changes to our body and mind that may cause us to lose independence and control. Usually, the aging person is uncomfortable with discussing these topics. The difficulty increases when it’s with those responsible for providing care.
When to delegate financial decision-making, changing a home, quit driving, and seek help with health care decisions are difficult topics. Late planning can be emotionally and financially costly. Decisions made under duress may result in neglect or abuse of the elder. This often causes family conflict.
Fortunately, there are tools available to prepare families for the challenges associated with aging. We use these tools to help plan for these transitions well in advance. This will reduce the likelihood of last-minute decisions and the resultant unnecessary costs. Our hope is this will provide you with peace of mind as you age.
This assessment collects “trusted contact” information and creates a personalized plan outlining the steps a client needs to take to transfer safely financial decision- making authority. This is best suited for any client, especially those over 50. If multiple family members make important financial decisions, each should complete their own separate assessment.
This assessment identifies gaps in a client’s estate planning efforts and produces a Wealth Transfer Safety Score. This is best suited for all clients, especially those over 50. If multiple family members make important financial decisions, each should complete their own separate assessment.
This assessment tests a client’s financial literacy. It detects any overconfidence in understanding of basic financial ideas. This is best suited for any client lacking basic financial literacy skills or showing signs of overconfidence.
This assessment identifies a client’s living preferences and identifies issues that may interfere in their ability to live safely. This is best suited for any client over 55. A couple should complete separate assessments.
This assessment helps identify trouble spots in the way a client is managing finances. It teaches organization skills. This is best suited for all clients, especially those over 50. If multiple family members make important financial decisions, each should complete their own separate assessment.
This assessment identifies traits that place a client at risk for suboptimal financial decision-making or exploitation. A study conducted at the Massachusetts General Hospital forms the basis for the assessment. This is best suited for any client over 50. A couple should complete separate assessments.
Healthcare Decision & Costs
This assessment shows a client’s current health status. It measures attitudes toward medical treatment, quality of life directives, and how and where to live later in life. This is best suited for any client over 50. A couple should complete separate assessments.
This assessment discovers a client’s driving preferences and identifies the conditions under which they will agree to quit driving. This is best suited for any clients over 55. A couple should complete separate assessments.
MEET WITH A FEE-ONLY, TAX-SAVVY
We offer a no-cost, no-obligation confidential consultation so you can see if we are the right fit for you.