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Planning For Long-Term Health Care

Mar 21, 2008
The future is uncertain and anything can happen. You may live a long and healthy life, only to die at the age of 102 while you are out on your daily jog, or you may suffer a stroke at the age of 62 and require long-term care to help you accomplish your daily activities. As a result, you need to start planning for long-term health care to ensure you do not suffer from an unexpected event that could leave you as a financial burden on your family.

Planning for long-term health care comes down to two factors: savings and insurance. If you have a large savings, you will be able to use it as a cushion while you get long-term care insurance to help pay your expenses, without dipping into your savings too much. When you get long-term care insurance, you will be paying the premiums for several years before you start to think about collecting benefits on it, but when you do you will have a wonderful monthly income that may leave your savings untouched.

You may have $50,000 saved up in the bank, or even more, but when you factor in all your expenses, especially the fact it can costs $5,000 a month to stay in a nursing home, your $50,000 disappears after only 10 months. If you have $500,000 saved up, then your savings will cover you for about eight years, but if you are 62 when you suffer a stroke that leaves you in need of daily care for 10 years, you are two years too short. However, if you have a plan that pays you $2,000 a month, you are able to extend your ability to pay for your nursing home and your home care by an another five years. That comes from only paying $40 a month or more into your premium!

It is incredibly important to start planning for long-term health care because when you are young, your premiums will be much less than when you are older. As well, nearly half of all individuals who collect on long-term care insurance plans are people below retirement age. Accidents can happen and you don't want to be a burden on your family when you were an asset before. Planning your long-term health care through long-term care insurance programs means that will not happen and you will receive the care you need, while your family does not have to lose out financially.

Conclusion Long-term health care needs can happen to anyone, from the earliest age to the oldest. To ensure that you can afford the high costs of nursing and home care, you will need to start planning your long-term health care. This can be done through getting long-term care insurance policies that will give you the cushion you need to enjoy life in a nursing home, without having to worry about your finances. Savings will run out eventually, so you should prolong them as long as you can by planning your long-term health care with a long-term care insurance plan.

You should ask for help from an insurance representative who specializes in long term care insurance to answer any questions.
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