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With Life Insurance, You May Have Money for Long-Term Care
Although long-term care insurance is often cited as the best option to pay for ongoing senior care, buying a policy isn't always practical. Premiums can be expensive and older individuals may find themselves considered uninsurable by many companies.
Fortunately, there are other ways to pay for long-term care.
If your parent or loved one has a life insurance policy, they may be able to convert their plan to cash payments which can then be used for a variety of long-term care arrangements.
Nursing homes Assisted living Memory care In-home care
Life insurance conversions are offered by third-party companies who value a life insurance policy and then make monthly payments to the insured based upon that value. Typically, payments begin immediately so there is no waiting period.
Details may vary depending on the long-term care benefits plan provider, but you'll find a life insurance conversion often comes with many attractive benefits.
Money set aside for final expenses
A final payment to family members if any plan value remains upon a loved one's passing Opportunity to maintain some death benefit while applying for Medicaid Elimination of monthly premium payments
Many families find life insurance conversions help resolve two problems at once. A conversion provides ongoing money for long-term care while also relieving elderly individuals of potentially unaffordable life insurance premiums.
Policies don't have to have a cash value to be eligible for conversion. That means term life, universal life, whole life and even group life insurance policies could potentially be converted to a long-term care benefits plan.
As with any major financial decision, you'll want to do some research and speak with a financial advisor. A few points to consider:
Life insurance policies are purchased by the third party at below value, which will likely result in a loss of money to the elder.
If the elder ends up not needing long-term care, the policy beneficiaries may only get the death benefit and not any remaining long-term care funds.