Right at Home cares for thousands of families just like yours. We know that hiring an in-home care agency is one of the most important decisions you’ll make—you want to get it right and you have a lot of questions. One of the biggest questions is usually about the cost of in-home care services. Home care can be expensive, but there are a variety of options available to pay for ongoing care services for your loved ones. Below are 6 Ways to Pay for In-Home Care.
1. Private Pay
2. Long-Term Care Insurance
A long-term care insurance policy can be a great option to help pay for home care, as the policy can provide a set dollar amount available to fund care on a daily/weekly/annual basis. If you’re not sure whether your loved one has a long-term care insurance policy, ask them or check records for a copy of the policy or a history of payments to an insurance company.
Collecting benefits from your long-term care insurance policy can be daunting if you’re not familiar with the process. Right at Home has partnered with the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance to develop free tips to help clients access their long-term care insurance benefits as quickly and easily as possible.
3. Long-Term Care Benefit Plan
A long-term care benefit plan is the conversion of an in-force life insurance policy into an irrevocable, FDIC-insured benefit account. An unneeded life insurance policy is sold for a percentage of the death benefit (the range can be between 20% and 60%) and the funds are immediately available to pay for senior care.
Once enrolled in the benefit plan, tax-advantaged monthly payments are made directly from the account to cover any form of senior care: home care, assisted living, nursing home, memory care, and hospice.
4. Reverse Mortgage
A reverse mortgage is a loan that enables senior homeowners, age 62 and older, to convert part of their home equity (primary residence only) into tax-free income without having to sell their home, give up title to it, or make monthly mortgage payments.
You don’t need to repay the loan as long as you or another borrower continues to live in the house and keep the taxes paid and insurance in force. The loan only becomes due when the last borrower permanently leaves the home, at which time the reverse mortgage principal, interest charges, closing costs and service fees are typically paid back from the sale of the house.
5. Viatical Settlements
A viatical settlement may be an option for life insurance policyholders with a chronic or terminal illness. A terminal or chronically ill individual can sell their life insurance policy to a viatical settlement broker. The policy seller receives a lump-sum cash payout that is more than the cash surrender value, but less than the death benefit. The policy buyer receives the death benefit from the viatical broker when the seller dies.
6. Veterans Aid and Attendance (A&A)
Veterans and their surviving spouses who require the regular aid and attendance of another person for activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, medication monitoring, etc., may qualify for a special Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefit, in addition to their monthly pension. This benefit is available to honorably discharged veterans and their surviving spouses who meet eligibility criteria. Assets are included in the equation for eligibility, with exclusions for personal property such as the veteran’s home or vehicle. For additional A&A benefit information, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.
This article was provided by Gregg Simons, Owner of Right at Home NYC. Mr. Simons and his Home Care company are Members of the National ElderCare Matters Alliance and have a Featured Listing on ElderCareMatters.com – America’s National Directory of Elder Care / Senior Care Resources to help families plan for and deal with the issues of Aging.
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