The Local Take: Seniors and Veterans New Rules for Housing and Care

Jun 22, 2019

Senior Living options based on needed healthcare.

This week on WCLK's The Local Take I speak with Mack Willis, a professional in the elder care industry, about a few new rules that will impact veterans as well as the general populace. Willis shares with us that at the end of 2018 the rules concerning veterans and senior care through the AID & Attendance provisions has changed significantly and will impact their access to care.  While this is a new policy for veterans it impacts the general populace as well. 

To access some forms of care your income/wealth has to be at a specific level.  You are not allowed to transfer wealth (housing, funds) to family members within 3 - 5 years of needed care. 

Willis shares with us information needed for all who are aging:

1- Make sure you designate a person to speak on your behalf.

2-Make end of life decisions including DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) and make sure people know your decision.

3-Make sure you have a will. 

Mack Willis shares that the elder care community is a new one due to cultural and lifestyle changes.  There was a time when family was able to care for relatives. In the 21st century many families are no longer living in the state, sometimes they are no longer in the same country. Culturally we are changing to accept that sometimes senior housing is the answer to ensure that relatives are safe and healthy. 

Eldercare attorneys are another new service industry that is arising to help seniors navigate this longer life span. Willis explains this is another reason for the rise of senior care facilities.  As the human life span increases the need for senior housing with forms of heath assistance will also increase. 

For more information on Mack Willis

For more information on Mack Willis senior housing facility

For more information on the AID & Attendance qualifications

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