Preparing for Long-Term Care

Preparing for Long-Term Care

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Long-term care is a serious issue that could possibly have severe repercussions on your retirement. Nearly 70% of Americans 65 and older need long-term care at some point, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Alzheimer’s disease has become a leading cause of needing long-term care. Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, with almost two thirds of those being women. About one in four LTC claims are attributed to Alzheimer’s, according to the Society of Actuaries. Other claims are attributed to physical issues ranging from chronic illnesses to injuries and disabilities. 

Long-term care insurance is one of the most complex types of insurance you might consider. 

Policies can pay benefits by the day, week, or month. You may want to evaluate what long-term care facilities in your area are charging before committing to a policy.

Some policies have a limited total benefit they’ll pay over the life of the policy. This could be stated in years or in total dollar amount.

Insurance companies use certain criteria to start benefits. Usually this is based on an inability to do a certain number of the activities of daily living without assistance. 

Many policies have benefits for Alzheimer’s disease as well.

There are many other factors involved, and one would be wise to ask your considered provider, so that you can get a full picture of the available benefits. 

Another important thing to consider is that having an alternative safety net at your disposal (investments for example) will offset the potential costs of long-term care. Think of it as a savings account for the out-of-pocket costs that may be incurred during a scenario where long-term care is required.



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To the extent that this material concerns tax matters, it is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. 

Each taxpayer should seek independent advice from a tax professional based on his or her individual circumstances.

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David Lerner Associates does not provide tax or legal advice. The information presented here is not specific to any individual's personal circumstances. Member FINRA & SIPC


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Jake Mendlinger
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