Long Term Care

The Urgent Need for Long-Term Care Insurance: Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones

Peachie Thompson · August 24, 2023

The topic of long-term care (LTC) is one that many tend to put on the back burner, assuming it's a concern for another day. However, the realities of LTC and the financial implications it presents make it an immediate and pressing issue for everyone, no matter your current age or health status.

Understanding Long-Term Care

At its core, LTC encompasses a wide array of services and supports, all aimed at allowing individuals to live with as much independence and safety as possible when they can no longer manage everyday tasks on their own.

To get a clearer picture: under federal regulations, qualifying for long-term care benefits necessitates a certification from a U.S.-licensed health care practitioner. This certification can be based on either:

  • Severe cognitive impairment - Conditions such as dementias, including Alzheimer's, which result in a lack of memory, orientation, abstract reasoning, and judgment related to safety.


  • Inability to perform two activities of daily living (ADLs) - The 6 ADLs are bathing, continence, dressing, eating, transferring (like getting out of bed or a chair), and using the toilet.

The Rising Costs of LTC

Perhaps the most compelling reason for addressing LTC now rather than later is its ever-increasing cost. Already a significant financial burden, the expenses tied to long-term care are predicted to surge substantially in the next two decades. And while many believe that existing health structures will cover these costs, the reality is starkly different.

  • Medicaid – While an option, this requires proof of impoverishment at the time of claim, has strict asset limitations, and often limits the types of care available.
  • Medicare – It offers limited benefits, covering a maximum of 100 days with an additional co-pay kicking in after 20 days. It only starts after the 3rd consecutive day of hospital treatment and is limited to skilled care, not chronic situations.
  • Health Insurance – Contrary to popular belief, traditional health insurance does not cover LTC expenses.

The alternatives? Paying out of pocket or leaning on adult children. Both are not ideal. Using personal savings or liquidating assets can deplete funds meant for a surviving spouse or inheritance for heirs. Relying on children introduces financial strain, physical demands, and emotional challenges. For most parents, the idea of being a burden to their offspring is a painful thought, often accompanied by feelings of guilt and insecurity.

Long-Term Care Insurance: The Practical Solution

Given the above, the urgency of securing a plan for LTC becomes evident. This is where Long-Term Care Insurance enters the picture. Not only is it cost-effective, but it also offers tax advantages, guaranteed protection, and ensures your assets and family remain safeguarded. Moreover, if chosen wisely, such policies can serve multiple purposes, enhancing their value further.


Proactively planning for the potential need for long-term care is not just about protecting oneself. It's about ensuring the well-being of loved ones, preserving hard-earned assets, and maintaining dignity and choice in later life. The question isn’t whether you can afford long-term care insurance—it's whether you can afford to be without it.

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