When you put the words, “retirement,” “investments” and “risk” in the same sentence, most of us will automatically think about market risk, you know, the possibility for an investor to experience losses due to overall performance of financial markets1. According to the 2014 Annual Retirement Confidence survey, 88% of retirees are worried about maintaining the same standard of living. While Market Risk is a very real reason to worry, there are other risks that may throw a wrench into your financial plan. This time we will discuss the possible need for Advance medical care, how much it could cost, and how to be ready for it.
The Risk: There is a 50% chance that any of us will need some form of Advance Medical Care2. In other words you or your spouse WILL need Advance Medical Care. The risks are so high and yet most investors don’t prepare of it.
The Cost: Know the potential damage. The numbers don’t lie. The average cost of long term care in the US for Nursing Home Care for a Semi -Private room is a whopping $225 per day3. The average stay in a Nursing home is 892 days. For easy math you are looking at a $200,000+ cost above and beyond your living expenses.
The Solution: Use small dollars to cover big expenses. Get life insurance with living benefits.
One solution that is becoming more and more popular is getting a life insurance plan that can be used to cover Advanced Medical Care. Some insurance companies offer something called Living Benefits Riders. These riders allow you to “advance” a portion of your death benefit if certain conditions are met, such as Terminal illness, problems with the Activities of Daily Living and life threatening conditions.
Building a Financial Plan that can withstand the risks of life is complicated. Make sure you hire a Financial Coach to help you prepare for the unknown. Thinking outside the box may be a way to protect your golden years.