For the most part - Assisted Living is “Private Pay” meaning you pay out of pocket using your income and assets. NOTE: It is advisable to speak with your Financial Advisor or an experienced Estate Planning Attorney to assure your assets are protected and that you have enough to pay for the long term.

Long Term Care Insurance

Long Term Care Insurance is a special insurance purchased expressly for the payment of non-skilled and non-medical care. Long Term Care Information: NAIC shopper's Guide to Long Term Care Insurance

If you have a Long-Term Care Policy and are considering a move to Assisted Living or hiring a caregiver

  1. Contact your agent or Long-Term Care Company
  2. Review your policy and understand your benefits so that you get maximum use of fund available
  3. Learn how to get a claim started.

Medicare Advantage

In 2020 some Medicare Advantage Policies will include coverage for non-medical care. This does not include the room and board portion of Assisted Living but may pay for the care portion of your monthly costs. Learn more about Medicare Advantage programs here: Medicare Advantage

VA Benefits

Veterans Pension and Aid and Attendance are benefits offered to qualifying veterans and their spouse. It is a set amount per month, per person once qualified. Qualifying, gathering paperwork and completing the forms necessary can be time consuming and if not submitted properly you can be rejected and have to make corrections. Thankfully there are professionals who can help for free (it is illegal to charge for completing this paperwork)

  • If you have assets it may help if you contact your professional financial advisor before beginning this process.
  • Do your research and find a reputable professional:

American Veteran’s Benefits is one of several accredited resource that will complete this paperwork on your behalf.

Get Creative

If you have a Long-Term Care Policy and are considering a move to Assisted Living or hiring a caregiver

  1. If you own a home- sell it or rent it out
  2. Reverse mortgage or other mortgage options such as equity share or line of credit.
  3. Senior Living Line of Credit
  4. Life Insurance - cash-out, life settlements or living benefits if your policy allows - Learn more about options for Life Insurance Cash Out

In all of the above circumstances it is important to speak with a reputable professional. If you have a financial adviser, mortgage professional, elder law attorney or insurance agent speak with them about these possible options to assure you do what is best for your financial situation and for the long term uses of your assets.

These links are not meant to influence you but to offer some possibilities. Please be diligent in your research and get professional advice before making any financial decisions. Assuring you are making sound a decision that will not affect your current benefits.