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Long-Term Care - Are you prepared?

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 1:28 PM Comments comments (254)
As you begin to reach the age of retirement, there are many considerations to be made.  Everyone wants to make sure they are financially stable before they retire, so that they can enjoy the fruits of their many years of labor.  What if that nest egg you’ve worked so hard for was suddenly threatened?
Unfortunately, that is a reality for many Americans that are currently retiring.  The cause…unexpected Long Term Care (LTC) costs.  As a result of improved healthcare, 70% of Americans are finding themselves in need of LTC such as in-home and nursing home care.  What would happen if suddenly your rent or mortgage was increased by $82,000 a year?  Would that cause financial strain and threaten your nest egg?  For many Americans it would.  How about you?
Currently the average annual cost for nursing home care in Florida is $82,000.  Unfortunately, many people think that their Medicare coverage will pay for Long Term Care, but that is a myth. Medicare does pay for a small segment of some LTC, currently for Skilled Care with a maximum of 100 days in a lifetime. Medicaid pays costs for the poor and indigent.  However, in most cases you must have $2,000 or less in savings and minimal assets to qualify for Medicaid assistance and/or do a considerable transfer of assets or “spend down” your assets in a timely manner to qualify for assistance. Therefore, if you have sizable or even “average” savings or investments, these will be used to fund your LTC expenses. With LTC costing an average of $224 per day, your assets could be quickly depleted.
The Good News…
Long Term Care Insurance policies can be purchased to lighten the load of financial strain you may experience later in life.  These policies are designed to provide you with the money you need for LTC while protecting the savings you worked so hard for all of your life.  There are many different types of policies and coverage to choose from. If you think you are too young to think about LTC...You are not!  Remember to address this situation for your parents as well, since you may be in their caregiver role.  Premiums are based on age, health and amount of coverage you require.  It is never too early or too late to inquire.
Additonal Information:
At Judi L. Woods Agency, we strive to keep our clients informed about all of their healthcare needs.  In order to provide you with pertinent local information about Long-Term Care costs, we called several nursing home and assisted living facilities in our area and this is what we found:
Average Costs of Monthly Nursing Home and Assisted Living Services in our Area:
Fort Myers
Nursing Home Care: $7,110 - $9,900 per month
Assisted Living: $2,995 - $4,800 per month
Cape Coral
Nursing Home Care: $8,250 - $9,660 per month
Assisted Living: $3,621 per month
Nursing Home Care: $7,350 - $12,240 per month
Assisted Living: $1,500 - $6,420 per month
Nursing Home Care: $6,600 -  $7,500
Please contact us for more information about how we can help you avoid some of the financial strain Long-Term Care costs can put on you and your family.
Click the link below to learn more about one Long Term Care Product we offer from Simplicity.
Simplicity Brochure.pdf (PDF — 492 KB)
*Note:  The figures above are approximate costs only.  You should contact the facilities directly for personalized quotes.