Long term care solutions

 

Pre-plan for long term care and protect the ones you love and your retirement.

 

Long term care affects the family and finances

Which of our children will put their life on hold to care for us?

Do we have an emergency fund to pay

for long term care costs?

7 out of 10 people age 65 and over will need long term care help.

Only 10% of Americans have pre-planned or saved for long term health care costs.

Long term care costs in the San Francisco ares is expensive, and ranges from $70,000-$130,000 per person/year.

 Did you know this about long term care? 

"The fact remains that most of us are anesthetized to the true cost and

the true value of long term care planning" 

Pier in the Lake

Long term care is help for everyday tasks.

 

Examples of triggers for long term care

Physical disability

Advanced age

Stroke

Paralysis

Parkinson's Disease

or

Cognitive impairment

Dementia

Alzheimer's Disease

 
 

Where do people receive long term care?

There are three levels of care which extend from help at home to

needing around the clock assistance.

Home Health Care

Most common use of long term care 

Care in your own home

1.  Stand by assistance

2.  Health and wellness monitoring

3.  Cooking and housekeeping

4.  Companionship

Senior Assisted Living

Second level of care when the 

client isn't able to live on their own

Living facility for residents

1.  Stand by assistance 24 hrs day

2.  Living, meals, & housekeeping

3.  Exercise and recreational activities

4.  Social interaction

5.  Includes "Memory Care" facility

Skilled Nursing Facility

When medical and rehabilitation care is necessary

Residential facilities

1.  24 hr day stand by assistance

2.  Health and wellness monitoring

3.  Living, meals, and housekeeping

4.  Medical professional 24 hrs day

5.  Rehabilitation and medical care

 

 Long Term Care Costs in the Bay Area

Long term care costs in the Bay Area is

one of the highest in the nation.

Inflation increases costs 3-5% per year.

2021 costs

Home care:                     $78,000 per year

Assisted living facility  $59,000 per year

Skilled nursing facility $160,000 per year

Pocket Watch

Average Length of Long Term Care

Length of care depends on the individuals overall health and cognitive function.

Men                                

Women                          

Alzheimer's Disease   

Parkinson's Disease   

4 years                              

5 years                          

8 years   

11 years   

 
 

Pre-planning long term care options

Use life insurance for long term care

Life insurance with a long term care rider can advance death benefits early to pay for care.

  • Accelerate the amount of money needed or the full benefit.

  • Paid as a lump sum or monthly.  

  • No need to payback advanced benefits

  • Depending on policy, prorated or full death benefits

How it works.

Gene is a 45 year old dermatologist with a wife and two children in high school.

Gene has a massive stroke, can't work, needs costly care at home and still has monthly bills.

He decides to use his life insurance policy to offset his income loss.

With his $500,000 permanent life insurance policy, he activates the chronic illness rider and submits his physician's report to the life insurance carrier.

Gene advances his full life insurance death benefit of $500,000 and receives $10,000 per month for

50 months.

The life insurance provides Gene and his family a financial cushion to keep his family's lifestyle intact and relieve the pressure to return to work.

Traditional Long Term Care Insurance   

Traditional long term care insurance provides a pool of money that pays for care and

includes a care coordinator who helps guide the family on care options.

  • Home care, assisted living facility, skilled nursing.

  • Elimination days are an out of pocket deductible (30, 60, 90 days) 

  • Max 2, 3, 5 years of coverage which acts as a multiplier of monthly benefits.

  • Annual inflation protection increases monthly benefits (2%, 3%, 5%) per year.  

  • Reimbursement policy (family pays first)

 

  • Premium rates not guaranteed.

  • One person per policy.

Gwen, a 48 year old anesthesiologist, is taking care of her mom who has dementia.  She is concerned about her own health and the potential impact on her family and finances.

Gwen has a traditional long term care insurance policy

Modified Long Term Care Insurance

Modified long term care insurance is similar to traditional coverage, but it

gives an additional bucket of money in case the funds run out for one person.

  • Monthly benefits

  • Elimination period

  • Years of coverage 2, 3, 5 & 6

  • Reimbursement

  • Inflation protection 2%, 3%, 5%

  • Premiums not fixed

PLUS

  • Two people (married or partnership) on one policy

  • Additional pool of money in case one partner runs out of funds

Rose and Riley have a joint modified long term care insurance policy.

Rose (56) and Riley (60) are real estate agents who are eyeing retirement.  They have three grown children who live in other parts of the country.  They know the physical, emotional, and financial costs of long term care because Riley's mother, who has Alzheimer's disease, currently lives with them.   

Hybrid long term care insurance

Hybrid long term care insurance offsets long term care costs but removes the uncertainty of traditional policies "use it or lose" by returning premium if you don't want it, and providing a

life insurance benefit in the event long term care was never used.

Same benefits as traditional

long term care 

PLUS unique features:

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  • One policy covers 2 people

  • Unlimited lifetime benefits option

  • Return of premium option

  • 2nd to pass life insurance benefit

  • Fixed premiums

  • Pay premiums with retirement funds

Medi-Cal/Medicaid

California state run medical insurance for low income, disabled individuals, families, or seniors.

  • Income must fall below threshold to qualify for Medi-Cal eligibility.

  • Skilled nursing on limited space availability.

  • Limited home care available.

Income protection for life...

Michael D. Wong, CLTC, DDS

mike@califeltc.com 

(650) 502-1511

CA Lic. 0K40153

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