David Lerner Associates - Long Term Care is Over to You
One of the factors to consider during Long Term Care Planning month is that some states are cutting back on funding for long-term care services.] As more of the burden falls on individuals, the need for good planning is more important than ever. Only 13 percent of Americans have long term care insurance, just a fraction of those who will need help as they grow older.
The likelihood that an older adult will need some type of long-term care is increasing. By 2050, the number of individuals using paid long-term care services in any setting (e.g., at home, residential care such as assisted-living, or skilled nursing facilities) will likely double from the 13 million using these services in 2000, to 27 million people.
What You Can Do
- Start early: Premiums for long-term care insurance are based in large part on your age and health when you buy the policy. Purchase a policy when you are younger and probably healthier.
- Get the right advice: Talk to a specialist in long-term care to determine what options fit your circumstances, and make sure to consult your retirement planning advisor too.
- Read all the fine print. It’s vital to know exactly what is in the policy - what it covers and when.
- Don't stop paying premiums. You don’t want to have the policy lapse because you can no longer afford it. Perhaps discuss this with your adult children, and figure out if they can help you pay for this insurance.
- Review your policy every year. Things change – your health needs may have changed, and there may be new products or possibilities available.
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