The FAQs of Long-Term Care Planning
Why is planning important?
When you live a long life, there is a very high risk you will need some type of long-term care and needing that type of care places emotional, physical, and financial strain on loved ones and family members. That’s why it’s so important to have a plan in place. By incorporating Long-Term Care Insurance into your financial plan you can help to protect your assets and reduce the physical and financial burden that would otherwise fall on family members.
What are the odds I’ll need care?
According to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, 70% of people who reach age 65 will require long-term care services at some point in their lives1 and the average cost of one year of care is currently $112,000 in upstate New York.
What’s the best age to start planning?
It’s never too early to start planning and it’s best to do it while you’re healthy and have the most options. Changes in health can happen quickly making it nearly impossible to obtain coverage if it’s too late. The average age for new individual Long-Term Care Insurance applicants is 57 which is an age that allows you to qualify for health discounts.
Why is it more important for women to plan?
67% of all Long-Term Care Insurance benefits are paid to women. This is because women are more often providers of care for spouses and ultimately become the recipients of care. Women also tend to live longer than men and are more likely to need long-term care which is why it is so important for women to plan.
Who can I trust to help me put a plan together?
By working with a certified long-term care specialist with a Certification for Long-Term Care (CLTC) designation, you can rest assured that you are working with an expert who has learned the skills necessary to draft a plan and help you fund it appropriately.
What’s my next step?
Your next step is to start your planning process by meeting with our non-commissioned, Certified Long-Term Care Specialist and Estate Planner, Sheila Cervera. She is available at no cost to assist you with your planning process. She can evaluate your needs and recommend tools and solutions to help you achieve your goals.
American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, 2011 LTCi Sourcebook
American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, 2010 LTCi Sourcebook.
A Woman’s Guide To Long-Term Care Insurance Protection, AALTCI.
American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, 2011 LTCi Sourcebook.