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Finances for the Long Haul: Learn About Long-term Care Insurance

In the last installment of our “5 part financial workshop” series, sponsored by Genworth Financial we will learn more about the benefits of long-term care insurance. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Whenever I imagine growing old I think of spending time with family, time spent on hobbies and traveling to all of the places on my “travel wish list.” By following the financial lessons that I have learned through this “5 part financial workshop” such as avoiding financial anxiety, keeping my month-to-month budget organized, and planning for retirement, I hope that this can one day become a reality.

Several months ago, the health of my Great Aunt was deteriorating very quickly. The decision was made that she needed to move into a nursing home. I didn’t know her very well, but I do video chat with my grandmother (her sister) on a weekly basis. As I spoke with her I could tell how heart-wrenching it was for her to see her sister move into a nursing home, and as she visited her diligently up until her sister’s final days.

Something that can make one of those decisions easier is long-term care insurance. Until recently, I didn’t even know that this type of insurance existed, so to become more informed about this type of insurance I used some of the helpful resources available from Genworth Financial. You may want to read the article titled “What You Need To Know About Long-Term Care Insurance.” Genworth is a provider of long term care insurance, life insurance, mortgage insurance and wealth management services as well as being committed to helping educate about financial preparedness.

In their online brochure What Is Long-term Care, they discuss some of the different types of long term care insurance and the benefits and costs of each type. Long term care insurance varies from state to state, so there is also an area of the brochure that allows you to type in your information and get pertinent information unique to your situation.

I think that long-term care is something that no-one wants to have to think about in regards to themselves or a family member. However, the biggest thing that I have learned from this 5 part financial workshop is that avoiding thinking about finances does not make the issue go away. By facing whatever financial fear you may have, with a head-on, proactive approach you can be more prepared when hard times come, and can enjoy a sense of security and peace of mind during the present.

Leanne Cox is a guest writer for She is a stay-at-home mom to two kids, and a credentialed preschool teacher. Leanne teaches “mommy-and-me” and “preschool style” music & movement classes through her business “Little Stars Music & Movement Classes” . She is passionate about encouraging early childhood education through hands on learning and exploration

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  • Truly, you don’t know if you will ever need care or not, but the cost of long term care is too high to ignore if you have assets to protect. As you say, denial will not erase the risk. Data from the top providers shows that the majority of long term care claims, about 85%, last less than 5 years.

    At LTC Tree, we typically recommend a basic 5 year policy. This type of policy provides a way to hedge against the majority of the risk and still keep your premiums at an affordable rate. We work with Genworth and other top rated companies. You can get a side-by-side comparison of the blue chip providers at

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