Don’t Forget to Plan for Long-Term Care

Don't Forget to Plan for Long-Term Care Brogan Financial

According to Forbes, one of the major healthcare costs as we age is long-term care, which is the extra help we need when we can’t take care of ourselves fully anymore. Medicare covers some, but not all, healthcare costs, and long-term care is not covered by Medicare.[1]

Long-term care planning is an important aspect of retirement planning that is often overlooked. As people are living longer and healthcare costs continue to increase, it is crucial to consider the cost of long-term care in retirement planning.

Retirement planning should include addressing healthcare to ensure that quality of life is maintained throughout your retirement.[2]  In addition to risks to quality of life, healthcare risks can often be tied to financial concerns as well. Some people may be at risk for early retirement due to declining cognitive, psychomotor, physical, and sensory abilities required for their jobs, according to a new report. The report also suggests that working longer is not a reliable financial plan since many retirees leave their work early due to health problems.[3]

According to Reuters, experts predict that retirement healthcare costs will continue to increase, making long-term care planning more important than ever.[4] Blue-collar workers with physically demanding jobs are most susceptible to early retirement, but every occupation is vulnerable to a decline in ability and function as we age.  The report recommends assessing individual’s susceptibility to early retirement by talking to older workers in their field to get a sense of what their retirement timeline and financial costs and goals should entail.[5] This means that people are likely to require long-term care in some form or another.

There are different options for long-term care services, and costs can vary widely depending on the type of care and location. That’s why taking your quality of life in retirement seriously could mean investing in long-term care insurance, while some retirees may choose to self-insure the risk with their own savings. Starting early and considering factors such as age, health, financial stability, wealth, and care preferences can help you choose the right strategy and care style before it becomes a surprise financial burden. Regardless, planning for long-term care can make a significant difference in the quality of life in your later years.

Financial professionals can help people understand the importance of long-term care planning and develop individualized strategies based on the client’s situation. If you are looking for a guide to retirement and long-term care, reach out to our financial professionals today for a complimentary review of your finances.