Originally published March 20, 2018 on NY Daily News
By Chris Orestis
Many young, healthy Americans may not realize that they share something troubling in common with each other.
There’s a good chance they could spend the later years of their lives in long-term care, a situation that might drain their finances and leave them dependent on the government to survive.
Families go broke quickly trying to provide long-term care for a loved one. Unfortunately, too many people wait until they are in the middle of a crisis before they start trying to figure out how the world of long-term care works.
If you’re convinced that long-term care is something that happens to others, but not to you, you could be right.
But the odds aren’t reassuring. Roughly half of Americans who live beyond 65 (46.7% of men and 57.5% of women) at some point will require at least some form of long-term care, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
And that could prove financially problematic.
The average monthly nursing-home cost is $7,148 for a semi-private room and $8,121 for a private room, according to the Genworth 2017 Cost of Care Survey. The average monthly cost for an assisted-living facility is $3,750.
But don’t despair just yet. Like so many things in life, tackling the problem of paying for long-term care begins with educating yourself. A few factors related to the cost of growing old that are important to know include:
Many people don’t really grasp how much it can cost to grow old, partly because it’s hard for them to think of themselves in a nursing home some day. But if you take the time to understand what it all means – and the options you have for paying for long-term care – then you can avoid putting your older self in a precarious financial position.
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Chris Orestis, Executive Vice President of GWG Life has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance and long-term care industries and is nationally recognized as a healthcare expert and senior care advocate. He is a former Washington, D.C. lobbyist who has provided legislative testimony; the author of two books: Help on the Way and A Survival Guide to Aging; a frequent columnist with a currently popular series titled “The Healthcare Hunger Games,” and has been a featured guest on over 50 radio programs and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Kiplinger’s, Investor’s Business Daily, PBS, and numerous other media outlets.