According to the Center for Retirement Research, high-net-worth boomers have two options for planning long term care. Boomers can buy long term care insurance to offset the costs associated with an extended illness, or they can self-insure by conserving home equity until they need to use it to pay for care. Each strategy has its own advantages and disadvantages.
While insurance policies can make it easier to pay for care, they often specify how long a policyholder can receive it; your clients run the risk of needing more care than they’ve planned for. Even the best plans can fall short as unanticipated costs drive up the amount needed to cover long term care by the time your clients need it. And there’s always a chance the insurer will increase the premium on the policy.