What is long-term care insurance and do I need it?

Long-term care insurance is an insurance policy that you purchase to help you pay for the high cost of care in the future. The policy provides coverage if you need assistance with two basic self-care tasks like toileting, feeding, grooming, bathing, walking, etc. While you may believe that it is unlikely that you would ever need that type of assistance, the odds are very high that you will require help with these basic tasks. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expects 70% of people turning 65 years old now will require long-term care during their lives.

Many long-term care insurance policies cover the cost of care in your home, assisted living care, or nursing home care. While this level of care varies greatly depending on the quality and level of care that you require, you can expect to pay thousands of dollars a month. In Georgia in 2010, in home care cost $38,897 per year for 44 hours per week of care, an assisted living facility cost $30,000 per year, and a nursing home cost $63,875 per year. (CareScout 2010 Cost of Care Survey)

At these rates, you can see where it would be beneficial to have long-term care insurance to pay for your care.

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