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Eldercare can occur at home or another’s home or independent living or assisted living or skilled nursing.
How can it be funded practically?
Some self pay from income and assets.
Some leverage with insurance and riders on life and annuity products.
Some depend on family members to provide.
Practically is often paid by a combination of ways.
What are family medical common conditions that would require greater degree of custodial care and length of care? Examples: arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, dementia and other cognitive issues.
Traditional LTC Insurance is like auto insurance. Pay for life and rates can go up as a group or “block of business”. Most are only for three to five years period or a max dollar limit.
Hybrid LTC is based on either Whole Life or Annuity base and overfunded upfront to act like very large deductible. Draw first from your own money bucket then from the insurance bucket or rider. Less risk for insurance carrier thus a lower overall costs. If you “do not use it” then it can pass to heirs or charity.
Rates for Hybrid products can be guaranteed for the entire period verses the traditional policies are non-cancellable but rates move in blocks of business.
VA Improved Pension Benefit
Veterans Affairs benefit is NOT a pension rather a benefit for older veterans generally for assistance in healthcare. The 2022 rate for married veteran could be $2,431 monthly or $29,175 annually tax-free. The surviving spouse is eligible as well.
What does it take to apply for the Improved Pension Benefit aka Aid & Attendance?
Only 90 days of continuous , active duty military service, one day of which was during war era. Any discharge other than dishonorable discharge. Disabled OR at least age 65 year of age.
Here are some quotes from Knight Ridder newspapers: "Nearly 2 million veterans...or their widows...are likely mission out on as much as $22 billion a year in pensions..."
"Only 1 in 7 widows...who probably could qualify...actually get the monthly checks." A VA pension official says, But so many of these people- we don't know who they are, where they are."
What are eligible Wartime Periods?
WWII December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
Korean conflict June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
Vietnam era August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975 * possible from 2/28/61-8/4/64 under more limited rules
Gulf War August 2, 1990 to present day * slightly different rules (2 years instead of 90 days)