Adult health day care is not inexpensive in our country. If all you need is adult day health care, consider yourself lucky. It is a bargain at more than $1500 a month, compared to $3,750 for an assisted living facility, $3,994 for home care services, and $4,099 for home health aides.
If you want some privacy, the median cost is $7,148 for a semiprivate room at a nursing home and $8,121 for a private room. Note that in Massachusetts, the monthly costs for a nursing home are approaching $15,000 per month. Will you be able afford it? Wealth Advisor poses this question in its recent article, “Have Clients Planned For Long-Term Care?”
These alarming figures should give you pause. If you don’t think about the possibility that you may require some form of long-term care services—either a home health aide, an assisted living facility, or a nursing home—then you run the risk of wiping out your entire life’s savings to pay for it. Even if it’s a only a short period of time when you or a spouse needs such care, it can be detrimental to your savings.
So, how do you avoid that?
Medicaid is not a viable option for most people, because of the relatively low state income thresholds to qualify for the program. One option is to purchase long-term care insurance (LTC) through a reputable broker or agent. LTC insurance policies typically provide coverage in these situations:
- Home care
- Assisted living facilities
- Nursing homes
- Adult day care
- Hospice care
However, getting a policy isn’t as easy as it may at first appear.
LTC policies can vary quite a bit, based on factors like the insurer, area of the country and your health status. Find out what benefits will be provided and for what duration. You should also determine the tax implications for your circumstances. Finally, your out-of-pocket cost is a big factor.
Your best course of action –in addition to saving for retirement—is to start shopping for an LTC policy for you and your spouse long before you need it. Once you know your available options, you’ll be able to make an informed decision.
An experienced estate attorney can help you navigate planning for long-term health costs. For more information on how Family Estate Law Planning Group can assist you with this, and other estate planning needs, visit our website and contact us today to schedule your consultation!
Reference: Wealth Advisor (February 16, 2018) “Have Clients Planned For Long-Term Care?”