What About Long Term Care?

This is a relatively new type of health insurance, which has been developed in response to consumer demand. In some ways, it resembles Disability insurance. You will only collect on this policy if you need long-term care, and your policy premiums are paid up, just like with Disability insurance. And, as with Disability insurance, you hope you never have to collect on it.

This insurance is geared towards taking care of you if you become unable to take care of yourself. Many more people are living longer and are requiring long term care related to chronic conditions or terminal conditions. However, just like Health insurance or other medically related insurances, you are best to be thinking about getting this coverage long before you would ever need it. The older you are when you negotiate your policy, the higher your premiums will be because you will pose a greater risk to the insurer.

Why long-term care insurance? The costs associated with a quality nursing home or in-home care providers are rapidly becoming very expensive. Many of us would exhaust our savings long before our need for care would finish. As with any medical emergency, the depletion or elimination of our savings is a significant burden for our families or loved ones.

Long-term Care insurance recognizes the high cost of nursing home or in-home care. It provides money for you to handle those costs. In fact, you can expect to pay between $40,000 and $100,000 per year for nursing home care. How long would it take you to exhaust your savings with those kinds of costs staring you in the face? In-home care can be just as expensive depending on what level of care you or your loved one requires. Health insurance normally does not cover this. So this is money out of your pocket.

Is it for you? If you have very little money and will likely qualify for Medicaid, the answer is no. If you have so much money that it will be no financial burden to pay for the cost of quality care at any level, the answer is no. However, if you are a middle-class family who wants to have some choice in the type of care that your members receive when elderly, convalescing or dying, then you should consider this insurance.

Long Term Care Calculator

This long term care calculator is provided to you as a free service of the Insurance Guide 101. The calculator will provide you with a quick estimate of your long term care, based on the information that you have entered. This is not an official or legally binding estimate, but it is intended to give consumers a rough idea of the cost of their long term care.

Simply plug in the figures using the best information that is available to you (being sure to fill in all required fields). You can use this calculation as you consider your long term needs or as you shop around for a long term health insurance policy or compare your employment health benefit's package with those of your spouse.

Please note: the sum will depend entirely on the numbers that you input. The calculator will change your total as you type.

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Your Age:
Age Long-Term Care Begins:
Annual Cost:
Annual Inflation (%):
# Years To Provide Funds:
Funds Already Allotted:
Based on the Information you have entered, this is an estimate of what your long term care could cost. This is not an official estimate it is designed to give you a rough idea of the costs associated with long term care.
Number of years you expect to need long term care:
You will need a total of:
The amount you will need to save every year is:

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