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Poll: Fewer than 1 in 3 Floridians have a long-term care plan

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Florida Senior Advocates encourage all Floridians to plan for their future during October’s Long Term Care Planning Month. Long-term care planning has many facets, from living wills and do not resuscitate orders (DNROs) to powers of attorney and nursing home contracts, all involving complex issues that can cause a lot of stress. and confusion if they are also treated. late or if someone doesn’t know their options.

An August 2022 survey found that only 31% of Floridians have a plan in place for their long-term care. Surprisingly, this number does not increase much with age – only 38% of respondents aged 65 and over have a plan in place.

Individuals put themselves at risk by not knowing their rights and not planning for the future. Elder abuse and exploitation is much more likely to occur when a person does not understand their rights and when there is no plan in place to protect themselves and their loved ones.

“As elder law attorneys, we see the devastation that results when older Floridians are exploited, and that often happens when there is no plan in place for their care,” said Howard S. Krooks, Elder Law Attorney and President. of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar. “We all want to plan for the future, but many don’t know where to start and don’t understand their options. We encourage Floridians to be diligent in planning for their future and stress the importance of knowing your rights throughout. along the process.”

Issues related to the increased incidence of exploitation of vulnerable older and disabled adults led members of the Florida Bar’s Elder Law Section to lead the Nationwide Exploitation Advisory Team State, a task force created to help law enforcement and adult protective services identify and deal with cases. of fraud, abuse and exploitation.

The Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar works to encourage individuals and their families to plan for the future to avoid exploitation and fraud. The section has collected resources including a conversation guide for planning long-term care for you and your family and FAQs, Aging Independently: 10 Questions for Lifelong Independence and Seven Things to Know When Acting as a agent in Florida.

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SOURCE Florida Bar Elder Law Section

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