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Long-Term Care Insurance

Long-Term Care Insurance is protection against the costs associated with services needed when an individual can no longer care for themselves. The need for these services may result from illness, injury, gradual frailty, loss of functional capacity or a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer's disease. Long-term care services range from assistance with certain day-to-day activities to more specialized nursing care or therapy services.

Where an Individual Can Receive Long-Term Care Services

In one's own home
In the community at a facility while the person you're living with is working or away
In a nursing facility with 24-hour services for people who require a high level of care and attention
Statistics Regarding Long-Term Care
72% of people 65 and over may require some form of home health care (according to a study by the Lewin Group)

40% of people receiving long-term care services in this country are working age adults under age 65 (according to a study by the General Accounting Office)

Nursing home expenses average $56,000 per year with costs typically higher in metropolitan areas (according to a study by the National Health Statistics Group)

In-Home care expenses can sometimes exceed the cost of a nursing home depending upon the care required (according to a study by the American Council of Life Insurers)

Long-Term care expenses are expected to quadruple in the next 30 years (according to a study by the American Council of Life Insurers)
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How to Pay for Long-Term Care
Pay Yourself - long-term care services could quickly use up your accumulated retirement income, savings and other assets, leaving little or nothing for your heirs

Depend on Medicare - Medicare only covers medically necessary expenses when skilled care is provided under strict elegibility guidelines. Most long-term care is generally custodial in nature and not covered by Medicare

Depend on Medicaid or Medi-Cal - Medicaid or Medi-Cal is designed to help the poorest in our communities. To qualify for assistance from Medicaid or Medi-Cal, you will be required to meet strict guidelines on assets owned and gross income. These requirements could deplete your cas assets, threaten your heir's living or eductational needs and/or your retirement dollars

Health Insurance - privagte health insurance is designed to pay for medical expenses for skilled levels of care that help you recover from an illness or injury. Long-term care services, such as assistance with dressing eating and bathing, generally do not qualify under the group or individual health insurance you may carry

Depend on Family - relying upon the resources of family members may place an undue financial and emotional burden upon those you care most about. Additionally, they may not live close enough to provide the care required or may lack the resources, expertise, time and willingness to provide such care

Long-Term Care Insurance - many individuals are choosing a lont-term-care insurance policy to help pay the costs associated with long-term care. It is a more cost-effective way to provide for your long-term care services while also providing the most options and flexibility for you and your family
Shoreline's Competitive Edge
Whatever your need, protecting against the costs associated with long-term care is an important choice. It is not only much less expensive the earlier you plan for this increasingly likely possibility, but individual may be ineligible if they wait too long and become uninsurable. There are many plans and competitive rates Shoreline Wealth and Investment Management can assist you in obtaining.

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If you'd like more information about how diversified investment advisors can help you achieve your financial objectives through personalized wealth or retirement and risk management strategies, please contact us. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your unique needs and how we may best meet them.

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Charles M. Bloom, Registered Principal offers securities and advisory services through Centaurus Financial, Inc. - Member FINRA and SIPC - 775 Avenida Pequena, CA, 93111 (mailing address: 3905 State Street Suite 7173, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105) - CA Life Insurance License No. 0A52786 - Centaurus Financial, Inc. and Shoreline Wealth & Investment Management are not affiliated companies.

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