Senior long-term care insurance: planning ahead for elder care in San Diego

Senior Long-Term Care | Elder Care in San Diego

Long-term care insurance can help individuals plan for elder care.

By Colleen Van Horn, RN, BSN, PHN, CCM

In recent columns, we have noted the rising population of soon-to-be retired baby boomers – many of whom are struggling to boost their savings in anticipation of the need for chronic care. According to a recent report from CNBC, the combination of greater life expectancy and the prevalence of conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s is making senior long-term care insurance a necessity for aging individuals. As in many parts of the country, elder care in San Diego can be costly. But is long-term care insurance the best option?

What is long-term care insurance?

Long-term care insurance is designed to provide a safety net for elder care costs not covered by health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. However, while such care is necessary for approximately 60% of the population, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, high premium payments can make the purchase of long-term care insurance a challenge. Depending on where and how they choose to access care, individuals can end up paying upwards of $10,000 per month for elder assistance and medical attention; and while insurance does significantly reduce these monthly costs, it also necessitates high and frequent payments in the form of monthly premiums.

Alternative health care options

Despite high premium costs, many retirees choose to purchase long-term care insurance because they don’t want to end up in a nursing home. In fact, according to a recent AARP study, 90% of those polled over the age of 65 said that they would prefer to stay in their own homes and would not want to relocate to an assisted living facility. Long-term care insurance – or smart savings – can both provide for in-home care as an alternative to assisted living. However, this option also frequently requires the cooperation of friends and family members; and many insurance policies prohibit the compensation of family as opposed to licensed medical professionals.

Ultimately, the decision to purchase long-term care insurance should be based on each individual’s needs and priorities. Health concerns, family relationships, living space logistics, financial considerations and quality of life should all factor in to the planning process.

At Innovative Healthcare Consultants, we provide professional advice for elder care in San Diego – either with our own geriatric care managers, friends and family members, community resources, assisted living facilities or a combination thereof. Get in touch today for an individualized consultation: our experienced elder care advisors will assess your unique situation and help you determine the best possible plan for optimal affordability and quality of life. To learn more, visit us online today:

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Posted by Social Media Staff on Jul 23, 2012. Filed under Colleen Van Horn, Columns, Sponsored Columns. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “Senior long-term care insurance: planning ahead for elder care in San Diego”

  1. While longterm care insurance is expensive, it can be a lifesaver in some cases. My parents opted to take a longterm care policy on my grandfather when he was in his early 60′s as his situation seemed to be heading towards some kind of longterm care in-house or at a facility. While there were times that my parents struggled to make the monthly payment, when my grandfather met the minimum requirements, the policy started paying out and what a help it was. I completely agree that it’s probably not suitable for every situation due to the higher than average premiums, but it’s certainly something to consider.

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