Excerpts from the Book – Preserving Wealth – written by Jack Lumsden, MBA, CFP®
The current COVID -19 Pandemic has highlighted the key issue of Eldercare in Canada and why everyone should include an Eldercare strategy in their financial plan.
In my experience, this is an important conversation that clients are having with their parents when they reach their mid-70s in age, and clients who are in their mid-70s have with their children.
What is the Eldercare Conversation?
With your parents and/or children, have a conversation about the potential strategies if a physical or medical setback were to occur. Issues you may want to discuss could include:
- What would the strategy be if they/you needed some extra help to continue to live at home?
- How is this to be financed? Is it in the financial plan?
- Would is the strategy if they/you decided they needed to or simply wanted to move into a retirement home?
- Do they/you want or need to downsize their home?
- What is the strategy if only one spouse or parent needs care in a retirement home or long-term care facility?
- What would happen if both required care in a long-term care facility?
- What is the plan if dementia occurred for one or both spouses or parents?
- Have any funds or insurance been set aside to plan for extra care?
- Finally, create a list of all doctors and their contact information, and provide details of any health or insurance plans you may have in place.
This can be a difficult topic to bring up, however, it must be done and planned for ahead of time if possible.
For more information on the Eldercare Conversation, you can refer to Chapter 10: The End of Summer from the book Preserving Wealth The Next Generation – The definitive guide to protecting, investing and transferring wealth by Jack Lumsden, MBA, CFP®
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