Rather than purchasing a pricey long-term care plan and a separate life insurance policy, it’s possible to have the best of both types of coverage. A life insurance policy with a long-term care rider gives you the option to utilize the death benefit to pay for long-term care expenses. If you never need long-term care, the death benefit is paid to your beneficiaries as detailed in your plan.
Do I really need long-term coverage?
One out of two people who are 65 years old today will need long-term care. That’s a sobering statistic. Most people think of a nursing home when asked what long-term care is, but it truly encompasses so much more. Home-based care, assisted living, adult day-care, and other support services all fall within the scope of long-term care. Medical care is only a small part of overall long-term care needs. Most people needing care options need a range of services and support that cover basic daily living activities and everyday tasks.
Think of the basic daily living activities we take for granted – bathing, toileting, caring for incontinence, dressing, and eating. In addition to meeting those personal needs, long-term care involves support services for daily activities – housework, taking medication, shopping, pet care, money management, meal preparation and cleanup, getting to appointments, and more.
With the right services and care options, you can preserve your dignity, quality of life, and financial stability.
But what about Medicare and Medicaid? Aren’t those enough?
The truth is Medicare and Medicaid don’t cover all long-term care expenses. Even with Social Security benefits and savings, unexpected care needs can quickly jeopardize your finances. The best way to meet the future, even a future of the unexpected, is to plan ahead.