According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 70% of seniors will require long-term care at some point in their lives. Despite this statistic, very few people have a plan. Without a long-term care (LTC) plan, your finances will likely suffer if you need to pay for care. You may also put your family members in a challenging situation as they’ll probably take on the role of caregiver or help pay for your care. Here’s a closer look at what long-term care planning is and why it’s crucial.
LTC planning refers to how you’ll pay for future care should you need it while protecting your assets. You may need care for several months, years, or even decades, depending on your health and lifespan. Your plan can include the following, and may even be covered by insurance:
The cost of long-term care varies. It usually depends on where you live, the type of care you need, how much care you need, and how long you need it.
Long-term care insurance pays for the cost of long-term care needs that Medicare does not cover. It can help with expenses like nursing home care, assisted living, adult day care, in-home care, home modifications, and care coordination.
As you age, a long-term care policy is a vital part of any long-term care plan or financial planning. An LTC policy can give you the peace of mind of knowing that if you face an illness or disability as you age, you can afford the care you need. Also, your children and other family members won’t deal with the significant expenses that may come with your long-term care.
Not all long-term care policies are created equal. That’s why it’s a good idea to shop around and compare all your options. Be sure to consider the following factors before you decide on a policy.
Together we can review your financial situation and determine the ideal long-term care plan for your situation. Contact us today to get started.
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