Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Planning and Paying for Long-term care

Do you know someone who has spent time in a nursing home? It is one of those situations where we feel “It could never happen to me.” But studies show that approximately two (2) out of every five (5) people reaching age 65 will need some type of long-term care. Are you one of the many people who would prefer to stay at home no matter what the cost? Without proper planning, the lack of available services and the staggering price-tag may leave you with few alternatives.

In Massachusetts, the annual cost of nursing home care ranges from approximately $90,000.00 to over $100,000.00, and it is climbing each year! That is approximately $300.00, per day. If you choose to stay at home, where most of us would prefer to be, and hire home health aides, the cost of your care could be even more. Home health care costs vary widely, but agencies charge anywhere from $18 to $30 per hour for home health aides. In some cases, people pay over $200,000 per year for 24 hour-a-day home care. What many people fail to realize is that their health insurance and Medicare will not cover the cost of long-term care, whether at home, in assisted living or in a nursing facility. Paying for long-term care is a personal responsibility which has become a primary concern for all age groups across our state and the nation.

Within the past year, reform of Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid has risen to the top of the government’s agenda. It is thus imperative that seniors, those approaching retirement age, and the families of those needing long-term care take advantage of the planning opportunities that exist today. Everyone's situation is unique, and it is impossible to discuss all of the planning opportunities in this seminar. As with any planning, a good way to begin is to seek competent advice from a qualified professional. At Denise Kent Law Group, we are dedicated to helping you find solutions to your long-term care concerns.

For more information, join us at our next Long-Term Care /Asset Protection Seminar:

Wednesday, September 14th, at 1PM, at the Ipswich Council on Aging, 25 Green Street in Ipswich, MA.

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