Long term care insurance is a very important component of your financial strategy and the reasons to get an LTC policy are very compelling.
The cost of assisted living or nursing home care alone should motivate you to pay the premiums. AARP notes that approximately 60% of people over age 65 will require some kind of long term care during their lifetimes. Furthermore, in a 2008 annual Cost of Care Survey AARP and Genworth Financial found that:
- The national average annual cost of a private room in a nursing home is $76,460 – $209 per day, and 17% higher than it was in 2004.
- A private one-bedroom unit in an assisted living facility averages $36,090 annually – and that is 25% higher than it was in 2004.
- The average annual payments to a non-Medicare certified, state-licensed home health aide are $43,884.
You may have heard that LTC insurance is expensive compared with some other forms of policies. The annual premiums are minimal compared to real-world LTC costs. Asset based LTC insurance policies have also provided a balanced approach of self-insuring a portion of the cost, helping to preserve retirement savings and income.
Contact us to learn more about the risk of long term care expenses pose to the value of your estate and how to properly plan to maximize the long term care insurance benefits.
 aarp.org/families/caregiving/caring_help/what_does_long_term_care_cost.html [11/11/08]
 aarp.org/states/nj/articles/genworth_releases_2008_cost_of_care_survey_results.html [4/29/08]
 aarp.org/research/health/privinsurance/fs7r_ltc.html [6/07]
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