Long-Term Care Insurance – Good for Elderly Parents in Valley Center?

LTC Insurance Elderly Parents in Valley CenterElderly Parents in Valley Center Can Benefit From a Long Term Insurance Policy

What’s the best way to pay for care for elderly parents? In Valley Center and across the nation, the same kinds of discussions play out between seniors and their loving family members—what financial help is available, whose resources will pay for help, how to balance cost with the rest of the family’s needs, and many other considerations. Long-term Care, or LTC, insurance is one solution that is growing in popularity. Is it a good fit for your family?

The Basics

LTC insurance, like health insurance, consists of periodic payments in return for benefits if you need them later on. If seniors own an LTC policy, it is very easy for them to get services like in-home care at a low price, with most of the cost covered by their insurance. Of course, with a high likelihood that seniors will eventually need either nursing home or in-home care, this benefit is very important.

Buying a Policy

The earlier you begin paying for an LTC insurance plan, the lower the payments are. If you are looking years ahead to the time that your parents will need care, you are in a prime position to lock in a low rate. If your parents are already elderly and in declining health, it’s a different story, but you may still find an insurance solution that costs less than paying for care out-of-pocket.

The Bottom Line

On average, an Long-Term Care insurance policies cost  just under $2,000 per year if purchased before age 55. That amount increases to over $3,000 if they are over 70, but compare that with the average cost of a year in a nursing home: over $40,000. The benefits of each plan are different, but in most cases investing in LTC insurance is a decision that relieves family members of thousands of dollars in responsibility over many years.

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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