What Is Long-Term Care Insurance?
Long-term care insurance can be an effective way to minimize expenses for older adults.
Long-term care insurance is intended to reduce out-of-pocket costs if someone winds up needing long-term care from a paid provider. Long-term care insurance can pay for a nursing facility or home care, and many policies also cover assisted living, though no policy will pay the full cost of any of these. People usually pay premiums for 20 or 30 years before reaching an age when long-term care is likely.
If, like most people, you never need or qualify for the policy's benefits, or you collect benefits for only a short time, those years of premiums will turn out to have been a wasted investment. For that reason, it's best to consider long-term care insurance as a "peace of mind" investment rather than as a sound financial one.