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LTC Myth #5: I Can Save Enough to Cover My Long Term Care Expenses
Although you can utilize personal savings to cover long term care expenses, before doing so, you should consider the cost of long term care services. Here are the current national averages for long term care services:
Most people prefer to receive care in their home. While home care is generally more affordable than nursing home care, it still can be quite expensive. On average, the cost of a six hour visit by a home health aide is $114. If that same home health aide visits six hours per day, five days a week, the total annual cost would be $29,640 and costs can rise dramatically if full time, around-the-clock care is needed.
In 2013, the average cost of a semiprivate room in a nursing home was approximately $83,000 per year. Now consider the total cost if you need more than one year of care. For example, for three years of care, the cost would be approximately $249,000.
Keep in mind that geography can impact the cost of care drastically. The figures above are national averages and long term care services may be less expensive or more expensive in your region.
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