Approaching retirement? If so, you may be thinking about how you’ll manage and avoid major financial risks. The biggest risk you may face is the need for long-term care. Long-term care is extended assistance with basic daily activities such as eating, bathing and mobility. It’s often provided either in an assisted living facility or in the home by family members or home health aides.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, long-term care will be a reality for many seniors. The department found that today’s 65-year-olds have a 70 percent chance of needing long-term care at some point. The care is usually needed for a few years, but nearly 20 percent of those who need care require it for five years or more.1