I had a phone conversation with a 62-year old woman I’ll call Margaret who was interested in learning more about long term care insurance (LTCi). She still works full-time, and her “off hours” are completely dedicated to caring for her husband who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. She wanted to learn about LTCi costs and how it works.
In our chat, Margaret quickly revealed some details about her own health: a long-time smoker and her frail stature. She described the daily demands of her time and energy, caring for her husband after putting in a full day at her job. I could feel the weight of her words as she shared her concerns with me.
For now, her husband is able to stay home unsupervised while she works. Margaret understands that this is only temporary, as her husband’s condition continues to decline. And she worries that if he should fall during the day, it could result in very dangerous, if not fatal, injury.
Margaret’s nights and weekends are consumed with caring for her husband. She has no social life outside of the home. And she is keenly aware that the day is coming when she can no longer leave her husband unsupervised.
Will she have to
- Hire a professional caregiver?
- Move her husband into a facility, separating them for the first time in their 40+ year marriage?
- Leave her job?
Discussing LTCi Costs
When Margaret and I met, we discussed the current quality of her life. The weight of her responsibility was really taking its toll on her. And it served as her motivation to shield her son from taking on this same role if she ever became unable to care for herself.
Margaret understands better than most the important value of buying LTC insurance.
We talked about the fact that if her husband had an LTCi policy, they both would be benefiting socially, economically, medically, and emotionally. For example, there could be a caregiver in their home, giving her peace of mind while she worked and easing her responsibilities when she came home.
She desired these options for her son so he wouldn’t have to sacrifice so much of his life to take care of her in the later years. We also talked about the quality of life for Margaret, having access to a variety of lifestyle choices and restoring dignity to her days.
Even Knowing All the Facts
Margaret chose not to proceed with her LTCi application. Maybe “chose” is the wrong word. What really happened is that she was paralyzed with indecision. Even though she understood the importance of long term care insurance and saw she could manage the LTCi premiums, she was unable to make that next step. I wish I did not see this as often as I do.
Unfortunately, if Margaret needs long-term care (LTC), she and her son will end up paying a higher price in time, energy, quality of life, and stress.
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