The original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory has a few scenes in it that might make people think about what they would do if they were bedridden. All four of Charlie’s grandparents share a four-poster bed since none of them can walk. Long term care planning could likely have avoided such a situation. In fact, the movie gives some good lessons about health care planning for the long haul for Illinois residents.
People are living longer today, and consequently, most people will need long term care at some point in their lives. Some people will only need care for a short period, while others may need it for most of the older years and within an institutional setting. As the population ages, more services related to long term care will be needed.
Long term care can be very costly, but planning for it may make things less stressful financially. It can also make it easier on family members who would likely be the ones — at least at first — to care for the individual’s needs. Long term care planning should never be left to charity or luck. Not thinking about it won’t make it less likely to happen, so even when it is something most people would rather not think about, it’s important to devote some communication around possible scenarios and plan for them.
Communication is a big positive when it comes to long term care planning. People need to make their wishes known to their loved ones as well as having a document in place that speaks to the possibilities. An Illinois attorney may be able to provide the necessary guidance needed when his or her client is planning for the future and health care.
Source: forbes.com, “5 Long-Term Care Planning Lessons From ‘Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory’“, Jamie Hopkins, Accessed on March 2, 2018