Florida Gulf Coast Elder Planning Council


You've come to the right place if you are looking for solutions to the challenges that face your aging loved ones. If you are in a crisis or if you are simply looking for an answer to a question, we can help.

Florida Gulf Coast Elder Planning Council

The members of our council represent a wealth of information, knowledge and advice to help you with eldercare issues or generally with any issues that aging seniors face. We have "been there and done that" many times, not only with our own loved ones but on countless occasions with members of our community. We assist individuals in the community who can't seem to find what they are looking for even after numerous phone calls and exhaustive internet searches. Through our experience we have developed a well-deserved motto; which is "Difficult Problems – Clear Solutions."

Perhaps you are looking for sources of funds to help you pay for unforeseen expenses, or for help with veterans benefits, or understanding services provided by Medicare and Medicaid. Maybe you need someone to assist you in the home or provide maintenance or yard care or maybe you need advice on finding a long term care community for you or a loved one. Maybe you need legal work, or financial planning or home care services or tax advice or advice on dealing with other members of the family in a caregiving situation. We can provide all of that and much more.

You can either attend one of our many educational workshops in the community or you can call us or email us for free advice or assistance. We operate as a one-stop shopping service for assisting the elderly of Florida. We want to help you in any way we can. Please feel free to contact us.

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How the Funeral Rule Helps Consumers

February 22, 2017

In 1984, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) established the Funeral Rule to give consumers of funeral services certain protections. The rule’s main objective was to ensure consumers receive adequate information concerning all of the goods and services they may purchase from a funeral provider. All funeral providers are required to comply.

Prior to the 1970s, the National Funeral Directors Association prohibited its members from advertising their prices in newspapers and other media. These practices made it easy for the association and funeral providers to take advantage of families seeking services. For example, this prohibition allowed providers to include unexpected fees as part of a funeral bill. Survivors paying these bills were often unaware of these fees and had no choice but to pay them. In 1968, the US Department of Justice sued the association over this issue. The suits and other encounters led to the FTC create the Funeral Rule.

The Funeral Rule offset many unfair practices and gave transparency to families who were dealing with the loss of a loved one and who were in a particular moment of weakness and vulnerability. As you know, after death, survivors do not have a lot of time to survey the market for the most affordable and honest funeral service.

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