Assisted living and nursing home insurance policies were created to cover the expenses associated with assisted living and long term care. However, any accidents to staff of an assisted living or nursing facility are often not covered by that additional coverage. Therefore, it is important for you to review your policy with a qualified agent to make certain that it adequately covers these incidents.
Although most people are familiar with the term “asset protection”, many do not understand what the asset protection aspect means in the context of an assisted living insurance policy. Simply put, asset protection is designed to protect your assets from potential losses in case something happens. Assisted living facilities are generally very safe places, but accidents can still happen.
Assisted living facilities are places of recovery where patients live in total comfort with their family and friends. In order to provide for these needs, long-term care insurance may cover long-term treatments and related services. The nature of assisted living facilities may also limit the options available to residents. For example, while the majority of assisted living facilities have individual bedrooms, they may also have shared spaces or common areas.
In addition to protecting your assets in the event of an untoward incident, long-term care insurance can also help defray the costs of assisted living facilities for your loved one. Your homeowner’s policy may contain options for the payment of a percentage of your out-of-pocket expenses related to long-term care. If you or a loved one has a history of medical conditions or other expenses that directly affect the ability to earn income, you may need to pay more out-of-pocket in order to afford quality care. For example, your policy might cover expenses such as home health care, adult day care, or other similar services. However, if you or your loved one is unable to work and has a history of recurring health issues, the cost of extra care will be covered by your homeowner’s policy. The cost of extra care will depend on a variety of factors, including the age of your loved one, his or her health status, and the level of care you choose for him or her.
In addition to selecting a policy that will cover care services, you will also need to purchase additional insurance to supplement the coverage provided through your homeowner’s policy. Most assisted living insurance companies require that you purchase either a rider or a supplement to your policy. A rider is added coverage that you add on after you purchase your policy. For example, if you or a loved one is injured in an accident inside your assisted living facility, the insurance company will likely require that you purchase a rider to cover your legal costs. Similarly, if your loved one’s home is damaged or destroyed in a fire caused by you, the insurance company may require that you purchase a rider to cover lost income.
Most policies also include coverage for non-medical and medical expenses incurred by a family member or any other individual who receives any type of care from you or a family member while you are unable to provide such care. Most homeowners policies also include coverage for long-term care, which is coverage that will cover a person’s costs for long-term hospital stays as well as extended stays in nursing care facilities. However, most assisted living insurance companies also have long-term care policies available to their customers. Long-term care policies typically pay for the cost of home health care as well as for the extended care a person requires due to old age or a disability. Another common long-term care policy offered by many homeowners’ policies is coverage for the cost of nursing home care.
Many assisted living insurance companies also offer a variety of coverage options for their customers. These options can include coverage for the cost of meals, housekeeping, and daily living expenses, as well as coverage for medical expenses, loss of income and protection against loss of earnings and future earnings, and death or dismemberment benefits. Depending on the company and the state, long-term insurance policies also usually provide coverage for burial expenses and related costs. Furthermore, long-term insurance policies may also provide coverage for children who become disabled or are adopted as adults and are eligible for social security benefits.
Many assisted living insurance companies will provide a discount or a benefit for seniors who purchase a term policy from them rather than a long term care policy from a private company or from an agency. Furthermore, long term care policies generally cost more to acquire than short-term ones, so it can be more financially beneficial for seniors to purchase a long term care policy from an insurance company rather than from an agency. Regardless of whether a long term care policy is purchased from an insurance agent or from an independent broker, it is best to talk with an agent before purchasing a policy. This is because different agencies will have differing guidelines for what types of coverage under a policy will provide and how the agency will calculate premiums.