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Long Term Care Insurance covers a variety of services and support for your personal care and daily living needs. These needs vary but consist of daily tasks that you no longer can perform on your own such as dressing, going to the bathroom, and even bathing. It may not be the most pleasant thought but eventually you may need help with these activities. Purchasing a Long Term Care policy before it is necessary can ensure that you are covered. Most policyholders purchase a long term care policy when they are fifty or sixty years old, many learn of the option to purchase a comprehensive plan just as they turn 65 or as they enter Medicare. You may have a higher premium at 70+ so best not to wait until you can no longer budget for this important purchase.
What can people do ahead of time to prepare for the possibility of caring for an older relative? As overwhelming as it can seem, try to talk about it with your parents. As people plan for the future, they typically think about retirement, education and an emergency fund, and they should also be deliberate about setting aside money to use if there's a care situation, even if it's a small amount each month.