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Long-Term Care

Do you know that 60% of Nebraskans, age 65 and older, will eventually have long-term care needs and require assistance? Do you know that long-term care can cost between $20,000- $100,000 per year? Do you know that Medicare only covers a very limited amount of long-term care costs and that Medicaid generally covers long-term care only for those individuals who have exhausted their financial resources?

Begin planning today for your future long-term care needs by visiting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Long Term Care website at http://www.longtermcare.gov/LTC/Main_Site/index.aspx or call 1-866-PLAN-LTC.

It's never too early to plan ahead and take control of your future. Beginning now to plan for future care needs can allow for more independence and choice in how and where future long-term care services are provided. Planning ahead can mean greater financial security for individuals and their families and help ease the burden placed on loved ones. Planning ahead can begin with a family conversation about wishes related to future health care and end-of-life issues. Planning ahead can help prevent emotional uncertainty and conflict during health care crises.

Nebraska Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

The Nebraska Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, a program of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, is composed of staff and volunteers who advocate for and on behalf of individuals residing in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Ombudsmen seek to resolve residents' concerns and improve their quality of care and quality of life.

For more information or to locate the Ombudsman Program that serves your area, call 1-800-942-7830, visit www.hhss.ne.gov/ags/ltcombud.htm or email LTCOmbudsman@dhhs.ne.gov


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