Did you know that neither your health insurance nor Medicare would pay for extended long-term care services in the event that you needed them in the future? If you develop a chronic illness or become disabled and can no longer care for yourself for an extended period of time, you’ll need long-term care services. Here are some answers to common questions about long-term care insurance to help you figure out if it’s right for you.
Long-term care insurance steps in if you develop a health condition that requires you to receive care and supervision. This could mean home health care, nursing home care or personal or adult day care. Many people mistakenly believe that Medicare or Medicaid would cover their care expenses, but this is often not the case. Without long-term care insurance in place, you may burn through your life savings or have no choice but to rely on a family member for care. Long-term care insurance is worth it because it protects your assets, spares your family from financial and emotional stress, and puts you in control of your health decisions.
There is no way to know for certain if you will someday require long-term care either in your home or in a specialized facility. But it’s likely when you consider that people are living longer than ever and that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 69% of people will use long-term care services at some point.¹ Many people find long-term care insurance worth it because it offers peace of mind knowing that they won’t drain their assets or put undue pressure on family members.