Based on Genworth's claims experience, the average length of a long term care claim is about three years. Assuming three years of in-home care provided by a home health aide, the national cost of care would be nearly $136,000. In an assisted living facility, this cost would approach $143,000, nationally. In a private nursing home room, this national cost would exceed $260,000. At a three percent inflation rate, in 25 years, when many baby boomers will require long term care services, national costs for an average length of stay in a private nursing home facility will be about $840,000, a huge expense that most Americans cannot afford.
"It is well known that most Americans do not have traditional pensions and many have saved far too little in their 401(k) plans or other products. For the vast majority of Americans, long term care costs are not covered by Medicare and Medicaid provides coverage only after life long savings have been nearly exhausted. Given these factors, private
long term care insurance
remains one of the most effective ways for Americans to prepare for this potentially significant expense later in life," McInerney said.
Get Back to Basics: Create a Long Term Care Plan
Long term care planning is about more than just cost and it requires difficult family decisions and sacrifices. Planning today can save consumers from facing a crisis tomorrow. Having the right talk, the right way, at the right time, can ease the emotional and legal pressures of planning for long term care needs.
Genworth recommends the following tips regarding long term care:
Consumers can find out what the cost of care is in 440 regions across all 50 states, including 11 in Washington by visiting Genworth's
Cost of Care
- Determine what's important. Take time to carefully consider your needs, get educated and talk with your family so you can decide on the most appropriate option for your long term care needs.
- Get educated. As the long term care landscape continues evolving and changing, stay up-to-date on the options available and determine what works best for your holistic retirement plan.
- Plan. Now that you have a better idea of what you want, how much it costs and the key issues, get prepared with a basic plan. Outline your objectives, meet your goals and keep communicating with family.
- Continue the conversation. Look for natural opportunities to talk with family and financial professionals about your plan. Don't try to tackle too many issues at once. It may be easier to have a series of conversations over time. Visit Genworth's Let's Talk website to find tips on how to have a Long Term Care conversation.
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About the Study
Cost of Care Survey
is the most comprehensive study of its kind, covering nearly 15,000 long term care providers nationwide. The survey includes 440 regions which include covering all Metropolitan Statistical Areas defined by the 2013 Office of Management and Budget. Genworth annually surveys the cost of long term care across the U.S. to help Americans plan for the potential cost associated with the various types of long term care available in their preferred location and setting. CareScout®, part of the Genworth Financial family of companies, has conducted the survey since 2004. Located in
, CareScout has specialized in helping families find long term care providers nationwide since 1997. Genworth's 2014
Cost of Care Survey
was conducted during January and
About Genworth Financial
Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) is a leading Fortune 500 insurance holding company dedicated to helping people secure their financial lives, families and futures. Genworth has leadership positions in offerings that assist consumers in protecting themselves, investing for the future and planning for retirement -- including life insurance, long term care insurance, and financial protection coverages -- and mortgage insurance that helps consumers achieve home ownership while assisting lenders in managing their risk and capital.