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LTC Guild Member Releases Guidelines for Securing Long-Term Care Insurance for Parents
Date:2/4/2013

Oakland, CA (PRWEB) February 05, 2013

Millions of middle-aged Americans worry about parents in their 50’s and 60’s who lack long term care insurance (LTCi). Should they buy policies for their unprotected parents, and if so, how should they go about it? They can learn by trial and error, but that can be a recipe for delay, false starts, and frustration. Today the LTC Guild applauds Paula Taylor for supplying a clear path based on years of experience.

A simple four-step process, developed by Taylor, may be helpful to children who want to consider this approach. Taylor is an LTCi specialist and member of the LTC Guild, the social network for the long-term care industry.

1. Confirm that long-term care insurance is the best solution. “It should serve your own needs as well as the parent’s,” says Taylor. “Also, determine if LTCi is a better solution than other alternatives.” She recommends answering questions such as --

  • Are you prepared for one or more parent to move in with you? Or is a brother or sister?
  • In the absence of LTC insurance, who in your family would be the default caregiver? “It’s often a woman who assumes this role,” says Taylor. “Is someone available and willing to help with eating, dressing, toileting?”
  • Are you wealthy enough to pay for care out of savings, or would that jeopardize your own retirement? Taylor tells of a California family, the Maravillia’s, that investigated annuities, mutual funds, and savings as a means of financing their mother’s care. “They found the market risk too high and interest rates too low,” says Taylor. “That left LTCi as the best option.”

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