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It’s one thing to know something, quite a different thing to understand it.
Knowing is more academic, objective. When you know something, you’ll get the right answer on a quiz.
Understanding? Well, I believe that’s more under your skin. In your bones. Relevant to your life.
Fifty years ago, Billie Jean King (then age 29) soundly beat self-proclaimed male chauvinist Bobby Riggs (then age 55) in an event dubbed the Battle of the Sexes.
Odds are that among all your friends, relatives, advisors, and colleagues, very few have ever talked with you about the importance of planning for a future care need. Can’t blame them— it’s definitely not the most exciting of topics.
Imagine trying to design a home if you didn’t know the local building codes, zoning laws, what materials were available and what they cost, and how to get utilities to the property.
Whether you’re a new long term care insurance policyholder (congratulations!), or you’re a family member of a policyholder and you’re anticipating a need for that person’s care, this article can help you get your claim paid quickly and with minimal stress.
It’s frequently said that long term care is a women’s issue, and there’s a lot of evidence to support that point of view. Sixty percent of family caregivers (read: unpaid) are female.
Prospects of higher inflation may strike fear in the hearts of most people. However, long term care insurance policyholders may actually have quite a different reaction. Let me explain:
Decades ago, when someone needed long term care, it would often be provided at home. The only other option was to move to a nursing home, which most believed was a choice of last resort.
As you spend time with family members during this holiday season, you may want to consider: might they be easy prey to scammers and swindlers? If the answer is “yes” or even “maybe” or “I’m not sure,” please take a moment to consider these important points:
When someone needs long term care, a change in their abilities can happen quickly. Someone who for years has always written their own checks may, overnight, be unable to pay their own bills or coordinate the preparation of taxes. Anticipate this likely scenario.
For seniors who have been especially private about finances, this can be a difficult and delicate topic to bring up, but one way to approach it is to encourage them to introduce you to their attorney, their bank manager, their tax preparer. Realize that changes in mobility or cognition may make this difficult or impossible in the future.
We sing this – about “the olden days” – on New Years’ Eve.
However, in the world of long term care planning, honestly, there’s not too much to reminisce about. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Here’s the way I see it.
Old people need care. Sometimes extensive care (not to mention expensive care).
Unfortunately, either through denial or ignorance, few want to admit to this fact. They also don’t want to pay for the care…especially not in advance.
So, as the saying goes, Houston, we have a problem!