For many in our society, thinking about Long Term Care is somewhat disconcerting, and it makes perfect sense why. The fact of the matter is, individuals really do not like to think about the possibility of no longer being able to take care of themselves. That being said, many people feel very strongly about not being a burden on their children. And of course, when grown children do have the desire to help care for their aging parents, which many do, they may not necessarily have the financial resources and/or the time to do so, particularly if they have families of their own. That is why it is so important to be proactive when it comes to formulating your Long Term Care Plan. Having a plan in place means that you have options, and in many cases, having options can make all the difference in the world.
The Long Term Care Planning process begins with understanding the need. In order to do this, we simply need to look at the statistics. There are two things that should be noted about the statistics that exist within the world of Long Term Care.
First, the figures have a history of changing substantially from year to year. This is in part due to the fact that historically the inflation rate for Long Term Care has been higher than the inflation rate for the overall economy. This is also true for things like healthcare and college. Furthermore, over time, the average life expectancy figures for both men and women have also gone up. Consequently, factors such as these, as well as many others, have had a track record of shifting the numbers from year to year, sometimes more than people may realize.
Secondly, the costs associated with Long Term Care can vary substantially depending on where one lives. Costs can certainly vary by State, but costs can also vary quite a bit within a given State. For example, costs in a rural setting can differ substantially from costs in a major metropolitan area. And of course at the end of the day, the nature of one's care is always a relevant factor as well. There are many variables that can come into play.
As a result of these circumstances, when looking at all of the statistics, it is important to remember that they are merely averages, and also that they may only be relevant for a certain period of time.
Ultimately, what is most important about the statistics is not the specific numbers themselves, but rather whatthe numbers represent. For many in our society, becoming aware of the statistics that pertain to Long TermCare can be an eye opening experience, which often reinforces the need to be proactive when it comes to planning.
Long Term Care Planning is not just about the aging individual.In many cases, it's also about the family.
Life Happens | Long Term Care
After becoming aware of the statistics that pertain to Long Term Care, many individuals and couples subsequently become very curious about their own longevity. How long could I live? How long will I be able to stay in my own home? What do I do and where do I go if I need help?
Many seniors are concerned about the point at which they will no longer be able to take care of themselves. It is also very common for seniors to be concerned about the possibility of outliving their financial resources. Consequently, understanding Retiree Financial Longevity Risk can certainly reinforce the need to be proactive when it comes to Long Term Care Planning.
We invite you to utilize the Actuaries Longevity Illustrator in order to assess your situation. It is a phenomenal planning tool and the link is listed below.
Actuaries Longevity Illustrator
Longevity: How long you might actually live
Life Expectancy: How long an individual of your age, gender, and health would be anticipated to live on average
Retiree Financial Longevity Risk: The risk of outliving your financial resources
At C.M. Carrillo Financial Advising, Long Term Care Planning is actually one of our niches. Wetruly have a passion for it. Consequently, we pride ourselves on being able to offer a wide array ofdifferent Long Term Care Planning solutions. Below, we have provided some general informationabout each planning strategy that we are able to offer along with some additional resources thatyou can use to determine which strategies you may like to learn more about.
The Traditional Long Term Care Planning Strategy involves what some refer to as a “stand alone” Long-Term Care Insurance Policy, which would be a “Partnership Approved” solution. With this strategy, premium payments would be paid into the policy over a period of time and those premium payments would essentially purchase your Long-Term Care Benefits, which are held within your Long-Term Care Benefits Pool. The policy establishes the conditions and parameters with regards to how the benefits in your Long-Term Care Benefits Pool may be utilized, accessed, and paid out.
The term “Partnership Approved” refers to one's ability to take advantage of their State's Long Term Care Partnership Program, which involves Long Term Care and Medicaid. Estate Planning may also come into play when individuals, couples, and families start addressing this particular aspect of the overall financial planning process.
Below, we have listed some resources that you can use to learn more about the Long Term Care Partnership Program and we have provided some specific links for the State of Missouri since C.M. Carrillo Financial Advising is based in The Greater St. Louis Area.
The Long Term Care Partnership Program
National Elder Law Foundation
American Council on Aging
Over the years, financial industry professionals and insurance companies have observed certain trends within the marketplace, particularly when it comes to the demand for certain Long Term Care Planning solutions. Consequently, insurance companies have taken steps to effectively respond to these trends. They have done this by fundamentally reconfiguring the way in which their Long Term Care Planning solutions are constructed. Therefore, over time, the way in which financial industry professionals have navigated the Long Term Care Planning process has evolved as well.
As a result of all the changes that have been taking place within the world of Long Term Care, many of the so-called “Hybrid Products” have been becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons. There are of course many different solutions currently being offered in the marketplace and each insurance company has its own name for each product within its suite of offerings. In short, it can very quickly become confusing and overwhelming; however, generally speaking, all of the hybrid products can be categorized by strategy.
It should be noted that none of the Hybrid Product Solutions are "Partnership Approved."
Below, we have outlined a number of Hybrid Long Term Care Planning strategies that C.M. Carrillo Financial Advising is able to bring to the table. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of specific solutions; it is merely meant to be an overview of various planning strategies.
Furthermore, you may notice that each strategy listed below specifically mentions Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). That is because C.M. Carrillo Financial Advising has a special and very strong relationship with MassMutual. We certainly are very proud of that relationship and we wholeheartedly believe in the business model of our firm.
With that being said, please also note that C.M. Carrillo Financial Advising is an independent financial advisory firm; therefore, we are not held captive in any way. As a result, we have the ability to access a wide array of different insurance carriers within the marketplace, which in turn allows us to offer all of our clients an enhanced level of flexibility.
MassMutual's LTCAccess Rider - A Rider Brief
MassMutual's Cognitive Assessment for the LTCAccess Rider – What to Expect
MassMutual's CareChoice Select - A Strategy Snapshot
MassMutual's CareChoice Pre-Qualifying Checklist
MassMutual's CareChoice Pre-Interview: What to Expect
MassMutual's CareChoice One - A Strategy Snapshot
MassMutual's CareChoice One - An Overview Guide
MassMutual's Single Payment Program (SSP)Brochure
MassMutual's RetireEase (SPIA)Brochure
MassMutual's Cognitive Assessment for the LTCAccess Rider - What to Expect
Long Term Care Planning is so very important and it can certainly seem like a lot to think about, but it definitely doesn't have to be a big headache.We guide people through the planning process everyday; therefore, if you would like to explore your Long Term Care options, Call Today!It's as easy as sitting down and starting a conversation. We are always here to help in any way that we can.(314)-724-0116
When individuals are no longer able to care for themselves, their spouse, an aging parent, or a loved one, the situation can very quickly become overwhelming. Sometimes one's health situation can change rapidly and sometimes it is a more gradual process. Whatever the case may be, no longer being independent and self-reliant can be stressful and quite unsettling for individuals in such circumstances. Furthermore, at times it can also be difficult for loved ones to manage the circumstances of the situation. Seeing a loved one's health deteriorate and finding appropriate ways to have difficult conversations in which big decisions must be made is not always easy.
In light of this, C.M. Carrillo Financial Advising understands that whenever this sort of situation arises, individuals, couples, and families may require some special guidance in order to identify and evaluate all of the options that are available when a transition becomes necessary. That is why we have established relationships with trusted individuals who actually specialize in helping individuals, couples, and families make the transition into the care that they need.
If you should find yourself in a situation where you or your family would really benefit from the guidance of a trained professional, we would highly encourage you to reach out to the companies listed below. Each company will help you explore your care options given your unique situation and specific needs.
MassMutual Policyholders that have an insurance policy with Long-Term Care Benefits are entitled to take advantage of the company's Care Coordination Services. The brochure below provides information about the company's Care Coordination Services Benefit.
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C.M. Carrillo Financial Advising and MassMutual do not render tax or legal advice.
Christopher Carrillo is a Brokerage Insurance Agent with MassMutual Financial Group.
MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing designation (or fleet name) for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliates and sales representatives.
Christopher Carrillo offers insurance products through MassMutual as well as other insurance carriers.
All entities listed are separate and unrelated to C.M. Carrillo Financial Advising and Prosperity Wealth Management, Inc.
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