What is long term care insurance and what does it cover?
Long term care insurance will pay for your care in one of two ways:
1) Should you have a physical impairment and need assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL's) or
2) Should you have a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer's or dementia and require verbal cueing
Long term care insurance pays for the cost of care you receive when you need help with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as eating, bathing, dressing, and mobility— normal activities that you may take for granted today, but due to your natural aging may become more difficult for you in the future.
Long term care insurance will also pay for the cost of your care needed due to a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
You may receive your care in any setting--in your home, in an assisted living facility, at an adult day care center; and, of course, in a nursing home. Most comprehensive long term care insurance policies will pay for the cost of your care received in any setting.
The care that is covered by long term care insurance may be either skilled care, rehabilitative care, or custodial care.
Private health insurance and Medicare will typically pay for skilled care only. Long term care is specifically excluded from private health insurance and Medicare.
Long term care insurance may also cover other items that allow an individual to stay at home such as:
Many people buy long term care insurance to protect their retirement assets from the high costs of needing care. Long term care insurance benefits are tax free, and the long term care insurance premiums may be tax-deductible.
Long term care insurance allows you to remain independent and receive your care with dignity in the setting of your choosing, without having to burden a spouse or partner, children, or other family members with caregiving duties.