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What is long term care?

Long term care provides certain personal care services when you need help to take care of yourself for an extended period of time. Care can range from simple home care to intensive nursing home care. Some common conditions that might create a need for long term care services include:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Serious injury from a vehicle or sporting accident
Is long term care only provided in nursing homes?

Care doesn’t have to be given just in a nursing home. It can be provided in a number of other places, including:

  • Your home
  • An adult day care facility
  • An assisted living facility
  • An Alzheimer’s unit
  • A hospice unit
Is long term care just for the elderly?

Many people think long term care is just for the elderly, but accidents and illnesses can happen at any age, and young people may require long term care services too. In fact, 40 percent of people currently receiving long term care are adults 18 to 64 years old.1

What does long term care cost?

Long term care services can be very expensive. Consider these national averages from 20062:

  • The average cost for a semi-private room in a nursing home was $186 per day ($68,000 per year).
  • The cost for a Home Health Aide was $346 per week ($18,000 per year for periodic personal care from a Home Health Aide three times a week).

And long term care costs rise at the rate of about 4 percent per year3, so long term care will continue to get more expensive over time.

Will Medicare or major medical insurance cover long term care costs?

Medicare will  cover the first 100 days of care in a nursing home if certain conditions are met, and it also provides some limited coverage for skilled home care. However, in general, Medicare and major medical insurance plans do not cover most long term care expenses.

What are ways I can pay for long term care if I need it?

If you’re not sure you’ll be able to afford these services, take a look at long term care insurance. Your COUNTRY Financial representative can help you understand your options and costs so you can decide if it’s right for you or a loved one.

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1U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2008 ( )
2U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2008 ( )
3U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index Detailed Report, September 2009