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Elder Care News Article


How to afford nursing home costs without sacrificing your inheritance

By www.ElderCareMatters.com - 2018

The unfortunate reality for many families in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Williamsburg, and Hampton Roads is the exorbitant cost of nursing home care for an aging family member. In addition to the cost, many people come to find their inheritances drained away. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Proper planning can ensure you loved one is cared for without going bankrupt.

Planning Ahead May Reduce Shock Of Long Term Care Costs
When in the prime of your life, you may have a difficult time imagining a scenario in which you can no longer care for yourself. However, this type of predicament affects numerous individuals, especially those of retirement age. While you may still have a number of years before you reach that point in your life, you may wish to begin considering how you would pay for long-term care.

Most individuals over the age of 65 will need some sort of long term care. Therefore, a high chance exists that you will also need such care. Depending on the type of care and how you receive it, your care expenses could become overwhelming. Do you have the ability to afford it?

Paying out of pocket
Commonly, many individuals believe that their personal funds will cover the necessary costs for their senior care. However, as you age and your needs increase, you may not have enough money to cover the costs of your senior care out of pocket. Certainly, you may save in the beginning due to family members acting as caretakers, but if your condition considerably worsens, you may need professional help, which will likely not come cheap.

Medicare and long term care insurance
After reaching the age of 65, you may qualify for Medicare. However, you may want to understand that Medicare does not cover many of the necessary extended-care costs for senior care. If you need part-time or short-term assistance while remaining at home, this insurance may cover your needs. However, if you need an extended nursing home stay or ongoing at-home care, you may face out-of-pocket expenses. If you have specific long term care insurance, you may have more assistance in making ends meet when it comes to costs. Gaining this type of insurance at a younger age may help you reduce the premiums associated with it, as costs go up for older parties at risk of incapacitation.

Trusts
You could also utilize a trust in order to plan for long term care. You could place assets into the trust specifically for the use of needed medical or nursing home expenses. Looking into charitable remainder trusts or Medicaid disability trusts may allow you to gain more information on how to utilize such accounts for the benefit of your long term care needs. Additionally, other estate planning tools could also help you determine the best options for planning for long term care and its expenses.

You could also utilize a trust in order to plan for long term care. You could place assets into the trust specifically for the use of needed medical or nursing home expenses. Looking into charitable remainder trusts or Medicaid disability trusts may allow you to gain more information on how to utilize such accounts for the benefit of your long term care needs. Additionally, other estate planning tools could also help you determine the best options for planning for long term care and its expenses.

If need help with long term care, nursing home care, at-home care, senior care, or finding caretakers or a nursing home, and live in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Williamsburg, or Hampton Roads, we can help.

For a confidential consultation, please contact us at (757) 271-4270 or cdboyd@careconnecthr.com.



About Care Connect of Hampton Roads
Christina Drumm-Boyd is a VA Accredited claims agent. She and the staff at Care Connect of Hampton Roads are experts at providing care for seniors, care for elderly, nursing home care, long term care, home care, senior care, eldercare, care for mom, care for dad, assisted living, alzheimers, dementia, adult day care, help with senior care, nursing care, elderly care, elder care planning, geriatric care manager, geriatric case manager, caregiver, in home care, long term care, and caregiver support for the elderly in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Williamsburg, Hampton Roads, North Carolina, Currituck, and the Outer banks. Christina Drumm-Boyd is a certified senior advisor who can help with medicaid rules, VA benefits, VA pension, medicaid, medicare, veterans benefits, aid and attendance pension, veterans aid and assistance, veterans aid and attendance, power of attorney, guardianship, advanced medical directive, will, conservatorship, paying for nursing home care, paying for long term care, legal advice for seniors, elder law, asset protection, estate planning, long term care insurance, health insurance, life insurance, and annuities.

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