Your Long-Term Care Planning Checklist
There are many factors to consider when putting together a plan for long-term care. We've rounded up the key topics to help you start the discussion with your loved ones.
Who Will Be Responsible for Your CareDeciding how and where you would ideally like to receive care are the first steps to building your plan, as these choices influence how much your care might cost. It's also worthwhile to think about who in your life will be affected by your long-term care plans and have a conversation with them to strike a balance that everyone is comfortable with. Here are some questions to get you started:
- Who will provide your care?
- Will my family be active (a care provider) in providing my care or will they supervise my care?
- What impact would that have on your loved ones?
- Where and how would you like to receive your care?
How Will You Pay for Your Long-Term Care NeedsIn 2021, the national median costs per month for Homemaker services were $4,957; a Home Health Aide cost $5,148; Adult Day Health Care $1,690; Assisted Living Facility $4,500; and Nursing Home Semi-Private Room $7,908. It's easy to see how these expenses can add up quickly, causing financial strain. So, it's important to determine how you will afford the cost of care in advance, by asking questions such as:
- What portion of income has been earmarked for your care?
- Which assets would you use to pay for care?
- How liquid are those assets?
- What are the potential tax consequences?
- Do you have an old non-qualified annuity?
- Do you rent or own property?
- Do you have a Long-Term Care Insurance policy?
- Do you have any Life Insurance policies with living benefits, such as Long-Term Care riders or cash value?
Documents to Consider as Part of Your Long-Term Care PlanHaving these items together and accounted for is a great way to give your loved ones clear instructions about your preferences. A Power of Attorney and medical directives, in particular, can help ease tension and aid in decision making for the family, while insurance and financial documents will be helpful in addressing funding for your care.
While there are many pieces to put together to create a successful long-term care plan, Long-Term Care Insurance is a helpful option that can cover many areas of your care. Beyond helping you pay for the care you deserve, it also helps protect your retirement savings and your family's financial well-being. And the sooner you get started, the better. As you age, the cost of coverage may increase, or if your health declines, you may find yourself unable to get a policy altogether. That’s why we’re here to help you find the policy best suited to meet your needs.
For help crafting your long-term financial plan, get in touch with one of our knowledgeable Financial Advisors. Schedule a meeting to walk through these questions and more to craft a personalized plan for your financial future.