Posted: 14 Jun '16
Why Have Long-Term Care Insurance?
Thinking ahead to long-term care when you feel fine and it seems like you'll never need it can be difficult, but not planning ahead can have devastating effects on your retirement savings and the people who care about you. In fact, one year in a long-term care facility costs about $60,000, or $5,000 per month per person. A 12 month stay has the potential to erase over a decade of saving. This is why you should have long term care insurance because investing in it can protect your savings and help you maintain your Edmonton lifestyle.
The Case for Long-Term Care Insurance
There are six basic activities of daily living (ADL) which a need for long term care are established:
- Bathing yourself
- Ability to feed yourself
- Dressing on your own
- Transferring, or walking
- Using the toilet unassisted
- Continence (ability to control your bladder or bowels)
For the purposes of qualifying for benefits from your Edmonton long-term care insurance, if you require substantial aid or are unable to perform two to six of those tasks, you are considered functionally dependent. Considering the labour involved in many jobs in the Edmonton area, it is not a stretch to think after 20-plus years of work, your functionality may be compromised.
Long-Term Care Insurance with Real Options
Our population in Canada is aging and it's no surprise that long-term care options are becoming more limited. With waitlists at most top-rated facilities, there is no guarantee you will have a space when one is needed. Many insurance plans do not cover contingencies and only pay for an approved facility. Having long-term care insurance that provides solutions and allow you to remain in your Edmonton community in the event care is needed. Once qualified, the benefit is yours to use as you see fit. Some possibilities include:
- A long-term care facility
- Home care so you are not displaced
- A private arrangement with a caregiver of your choice; family, friend, etc
Protect Your Investments and Your Loved Ones
Whether it's accumulated injuries from a lifetime of working in Edmonton, or a sudden, debilitating illness, not having financial resources for long-term care can devastate your retirement goals, put family members in a position to have to provide care, or leave you without the care you need. As with most insurance plans, planning ahead can save you considerable money over the long term. Contact us at Vistaplan to discuss a plan that suits your situation perfectly.