Many older U.S. consumers would rather not finance a long term care (LTC) plan at all, but others would prefer to have LTC arrangements squared away before they reach age 65.
The Wellesley, Mass.-based arm of Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF) came up with data supporting that idea recently when it commissioned a survey of 1,015 U.S. residents ages 50 and older, including 401 with at least $500,000 in investable assets.
Sun Life found that only about half of the survey participants said they worry about LTC costs, but they also found that only 16% of the participants feel they are financially prepared to pay for long term care.
Participants also were asked about when they think consumers should have LTC financing arranged.
About 33% of the participants with more than $500,000 in investable assets said they already have made LTC financing arrangements.