Long-Term Care

At Cardinal, Long Term Care planning is our passion. We see the difference it makes at the end of our clients lives, for them and their family, if they have properly planned for long term care.

Unfortunately, we also have experiences of helping families who did not properly plan and ended up in a long term care crisis.

Many people are scared to talk about long term care because they associate planning for care with nursing homes. This is not true anymore. There are so many options for care, where you receive care (like at home), and how you pay for it.

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Cardinal can help you come up with a plan for your care or your parents’ care. We start with an introductory phone call to learn about you and your situation, and then compile some recommendations for your next steps.

Cardinal Lessons on Long Term Care

The Cardinal Guide To: Long Term Care

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Americans are living longer. Studies show that about 70% of the people turning 65 today are going to end up needing long term care services. The financial consequences of that care can be devastating to families who pay out of pocket.

Long-term care doesn’t mean you’ll end up in a nursing home. In fact, most of our clients prefer and opt into alternate options; this includes home health care, assisted living, and adult day care. Progressively more people are cared for at home with paid assistance coming in to help.

Short Term Care Insurance is a more affordable option for covering the long term care bill. These policies give you coverage for up to 1 year of care, usually in your home. If you need care for longer than a year, this year of coverage gives your family time to organize your finances to continue paying for care.

Traditional long term care insurance still exists, though less and less consumers are choosing it due to the cost and the “use it or lose it” nature. If you already have a traditional long term care policy, Cardinal can evaluate it to make sure it still fits your needs and budget.

Hybrid long term care insurance was created to contrast the “use it or lose it” factor of traditional long term care. Hybrid long term care combines long term care insurance and life insurance. If you need long term care services, the insurance will pay a significant amount for it. If you end up not needing care, your loved ones will get a life insurance benefit paid out to them.

You are not limited to one solution for long term care; many people mix and match insurance products, savings, and their Social Security benefit, coming up with a personal plan for paying for care.

Medicare does not pay much for long term care. Medicaid will pay for this care, though it should be your last resort. To be eligible for Medicaid, you must drain almost all your assets and you will not have much of a choice about the facility you end up in.

Consider a Partnership long term care policy, which allows you to go on Medicaid while protecting some of your assets. This means that if you buy a long term care policy and run out of benefits, you do not have to drain all of your assets in order to get Medicaid to start paying for some of the care.

There can be significant tax advantages in properly planning for long-term care. Work with a qualified professional to end up with a policy that will cover your long term care expenses and possibly lower your tax bill.

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