Dealing with the potential cost of long term care is a real one, and for one already on a shoe string budget, perhaps not the kind of thing that is considered to be a necessity. With the growing cost of nursing home care and that of home care, it's little wonder that these thoughts of the future put a strain on those who are faced with these questions. After all, insurance plans, including Medicare pay only a minimal amount for these services, and the difference can really cause a strain on the family budget, especially if the one in long-term care is the primary source of income.
The best way to handle the potential for purchasing long term care insurance is to obtain at least five quotes. A quick search on the Internet through AARP in one state produced a quote of $44.04 for a policy that provides $3,600 a per month for three years on a basic plan $77.40 for a choice plan that pays $4,500 per month for four years, and $95.85 for the select plan that also pays $4,500 per month for four years. The choice plan is customarily for younger people who wish to begin saving early in life for the long-term care that they may require when they age.
Of course, that is only one quote, and it involves one state, however, keep in mind that the costs of nursing home care steadily rises every year, and once you are retired and on a fixed income, you will not be able to keep up with those costs. On the other hand, it is unrealistic to think that your family will be able to shoulder the cost because most likely they will have their own families to care for. Only a family who is financially well off can afford the cost of long term care without the benefit of insurance. To save yourself and your family from financial disaster should you require long-term care, take the time to obtain quotes and purchase the insurance now before the time comes that you need it. It is much easier to take the time to investigate something more thoroughly when you don't need it than to rush to find it when there is already the potential need for it.