New Site Helps Prepare for End-of-Life Decisions
Last updated 5/2/2016 at 7:41pm | View PDF
PlanBeyond, a Seattle-based company, has launched a new website to help seniors and their family members educate and prepare themselves for end-of-life healthcare, financial, legal and funeral decisions. With articles devoted to common end of life topics and a section with easy-to-download planning documents, PlanBeyond gives users a one-stop-shop to explore end of life decisions.
PlanBeyond launches at a time when the Baby Boomer generation is starting to face end of life decisions. Today, nearly 15% of the US population is 65 years of age or older. However, in just 15 years, all Baby Boomers will be over the age of 65 and represent nearly 20% of the U.S. population. With a rising tide of senior citizens who are increasingly comfortable with technology and seeking information online, PlanBeyond gives them access to free, digital resources to help with planning their end-of-life needs.
The inspiration for the site came from Founder/CEO Laura Troyani's discussions with professionals in the end-of-life sector.
"After talking to professionals from social workers and palliative care doctors to funeral directors and estate liquidators, it became obvious that they all deal with one core problem: individuals not being prepared for the host of decisions they need to make as they near the end of their lives," said Troyani. "We're excited to launch PlanBeyond to give everyone an easy way of not just learning what they need to plan for, but also give them the easy-to-use tools to do so."
The new site features straightforward, straight-talking articles to help users explore topics as varied as last wills and testaments, trusts and long term care to estate and funeral planning. It also offers users a free end-of-life planning checklist, access to state-specific forms they should fill out and other planning documents to easily share final wishes with family members and loved ones.
At its core, PlanBeyond aims to make end of life planning easy and simple so seniors can move on to other things.
"No one wants to read through legal jargon or complicated instructions, especially when it comes to end-of-life planning,” noted Troyani. “We're here to be your go-to resource so you can get in, figure out what you need to do, and just get it done."
For more information, visit planbeyond.com.