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Simplifying Long-Term Care Planning

  • Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
  • July 29, 2020

One of the biggest risks to your retirement can be a long-term care event. If you or a loved one ends up needing long-term care (LTC), the expense can be shocking. The average cost of a semi private nursing home room in 2018 was $89,425 per year. Someone turning age 65 has almost a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care services in their lifetime.*

There are many strategies available to help fund for these costs, a long-term care insurance policy being one of them. It can cover a range of services to meet your personal care needs either in a nursing home, assisted living facility or in home care.

The Three Paths to LTC Insurance Coverage

Traditional, Stand-alone LTC
traditional, stand-alone LTC pie chart


Decision Points

  • A pay as you go policy
  • Premiums may be least costly
  • Offers inflation protection
  • State partnership benefits are available
  • Premiums could be tax deductible
  • LTC is the #1 coverage goal of the product
  • You can spread out premium payments
  • It can insure both spouses
  • Offers tax advantages and discounts for business owners
  • Premiums may increase
  • You lose your benefits if you don’t use them
Linked Life/LTC Insurance
Asset Based Life/LTC Insurance


Decision Points

  • A single or short-pay premium policy
  • Offers a return of premium option
  • Has comprehensive LTC benefits
  • Offers inflation protection
  • Has a simplified underwriting process
  • LTC is the #1 coverage goal of the product
  • Offers guaranteed Life insurance and LTC benefits
  • You can pre-fund premiums
  • You have the ability to do a tax-free exchange from an existing policy
  • Recommended for cash strong clients
  • Premiums cannot increase
Life Insurance with LTC Rider
life insurance


Decision Points

  • A life insurance policy with LTC rider
  • It accelerates a portion of the death benefit
    each month tax-free
  • Any unused portion is payable to beneficiaries
    tax-free in the form of a death benefit
  • Has premium payment flexibility
  • Offers life insurance and LTC coverage
  • A good asset or investment for a family (IRR)
  • Premiums cannot increase
  • It may initially have greater LTC monthly benefits
  • A possible business buy-sell funding strategy
Contact your Oppenheimer Financial Professional today to explore the different long-term care options available to you.


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