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Considering long-term care insurance?

The expenses of round-the-clock nursing home care are exorbitant. Even mid-tier facilities in the Denver area with semi-private rooms can cost between $9,000 and $10,000 per month. According to a study by Genworth Financial, private rooms in high-end nursing homes in the huge Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan area can cost upwards of $230,000 annually.

Will you be paying for your loved one's long-term care?

A study published this summer in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society shows that the average cost to care for a dementia patient for just five years is more than $320,000. The cost of caring for a loved one who does not have dementia is over $130,000 on average. Unfortunately, the bulk of long-term care expenses are typically paid by the patients' families.

Qualifying for Medicaid

Options for long term care in Colorado may seem plentiful, but choosing the right residence to fulfill a loved one's needs can nevertheless be frustrating. Determining whether a family member needs long term care in the first place can also prove to be a challenge. While the choice in facility depends on individual situations and health needs, qualifying for Medicaid has a specific set of qualifications in the state of Colorado.

Long-term care insurance: what consumers need to know

It is nearly impossible to anticipate every medical need that a person will require as they grow older in Denver. However, many people end up needing long-term care as they age, either due to a cognitive or physical illness. The cost of such care can be extremely expensive and that is why some companies offer insurance policies that help offset some of those costs. Here is an explanation of what long-term care policies cover and some potential benefits they might provide.

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