Do I Need Long-Term Care Insurance?

At-Home Care, At-Home Health Aide, Adult Day Health Care, Assisted Living Facility, Nursing Home Care costs can ruin the best estate. Long-term care insurance is your best hedge against that risk. Board-certified, Stuart FL estate planning lawyer, John Mangan, can guide you through the steps to reduce that risk.

Skyrocketing senior care costs can ruin an estate plan by depleting assets. Long-term care insurance is a hedge against the cost of senior care. We insure our homes, our businesses, our boats, and even our lives. We buy insurance in anticipation of future risk – damage to property, loss of income, or loss of life. Long-term care is a grim reality for many people, yet many have not purchased or even explored their options for long-term care insurance.

The number of people who buy long-term care insurance is fairly low. The premiums may start high and increase as the insured ages. It is also sometimes difficult to qualify after age 50 or if pre-existing conditions are present. Still, long-term care insurance is worth exploring.

Long-Term Care by the Numbers

Before buying long-term care insurance, you may want to ask yourself these questions:

  • What are the chances I will need long-term care?
  • How expensive is long-term care?

About 52% of people age 65 right now will need some form of long-term care. That number is slightly higher for women – 57.5%. As you age, your need for long-term assistance may increase. For example, 10% of Americans age 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, while 38% have it at age 85.

It probably will not surprise you to learn that long-term care is expensive. Although the cost varies widely from state to state, average costs in Florida as of 2020 are:

At-Home Care$ 49,764
At-Home Health Aide$ 50,908
Adult Day Health Care$ 18,200
Assisted Living Facility$ 52,785
Nursing Home Care (semi-private room)$100,087
Nursing Home Care (private room)$112,420

Potentially, many people will need to find a way to pay for long-term care. There are generally three ways to pay for this care: self-pay, government programs like Medicaid, and long-term care insurance.

Long-Term Care Insurance Options

Insurers offer a variety of insurance products to meet the diverse needs of their customers. Long-term care insurance is no different.

Many long-term care insurance policies are stand-alone, comprehensive coverage policies. Premiums are paid on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis. Typically, this type of policy covers as many long-term care services as possible.

Some companies combine long-term care insurance with other policies. For example, an insurer may offer a rider to a cash value life insurance policy. However, the coverage received is usually very limited. Long-term care insurance can also be added to a disability income policy.

Another form of long-term care insurance uses a single premium deferred annuity. This requires a large lump sum payment when the policy is purchased.

Do You Need Long-Term Care Insurance?

That largely depends on your individual needs, your net worth, and whether you want to leave money for heirs. Even if you choose to purchase long-term care insurance, planning for long-term care should be an important part of your estate plan. Consult with an attorney about other options to pay for long-term care.

As a Florida attorney board certified in Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning, Attorney John Mangan can guide you as you consider long-term care insurance as a hedge against the Skyrocketing senior care costs. To schedule an appointment, call us at 772-324-9050 or fill out our Contact Form. Our office is conveniently located in Palm City, Florida.

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