5 Ways to Fund Senior Care 
5 Ways to Fund Senior Care
Babyboomers.com Staff

As people get older, retirement becomes more of a reality. Seniors might even be able to retire earlier if they have enough money saved up. However, there’s something else to consider: senior care.

While some seniors can still live independently and hire home care professionals when they need help, others require assisted living or nursing home services. These costs can mount up quickly—especially if you don’t plan for them!

Here are several ways that you can finance your own or a loved one’s aging process:

Assess Your Loved One’s Needs and Finances

Before determining the best way to fund senior care, it’s essential to understand their needs and finances. If you don’t know what they need or what their financial situation is, it will be an obstacle.

In assessing your loved ones’ needs and finances, you should first ask yourself a few questions: 

  • What type of care does my loved one need? 

  • How much does that cost?

  • And what are our financial resources?

If you don’t know their needs, contact their healthcare provider. Hospitals provide information about how much services cost at each facility nearby. It may be helpful to consult with them before deciding where to place them in a long-term care facility.

Opt for State and Local Programs

Medicare is one of the most important ways seniors are likely to be able to afford their care. Specifically, Medicare Parts A, B, and D are designed for seniors over 65 years old and eligible for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI).

The program covers a broad range of services, including:

  • Hospital care

  • Outpatient services

  • Prescription drug coverage

Another option is Medicaid. It’s a joint federal and state program that covers nursing home care and personal care services, which Medicare doesn’t usually offer. It’s possible to have both Medicare and Medicaid, making a person dually eligible.

There are Medigap insurance plans as well. These policies also cover gaps between what Medicare doesn’t cover (like copays). However, they come with very high yearly premiums compared to long-term care insurance (LTCI) policies. LTCI policies offer lower premiums but don’t provide as much financial protection during catastrophic events like hospitalization costs.

Seek Out Free or Low-Cost Community Resources

The cost of in-home care is often staggering, but free or low-cost community resources are available to seniors who need help. An excellent place to start your search is by looking up the services offered at your city’s senior center. It can be an excellent resource for seniors of all income levels.

If you’re looking for in-home care, consider a volunteer service that will pair your loved one with someone who can visit them at home. These organizations typically have volunteers who work part-time and provide companionship to seniors in their homes for no charge.

Another way to find in-home care is at local agencies or nonprofit organizations, such as Meals on Wheels or the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). They give seniors services and help them stay active and healthy.

However, these facilities don’t often have the means to pay for them. If you have time to spare, try volunteering in these places. It isn’t only an excellent way to gain experience in senior care. You can also contribute toward helping others who may be struggling financially along with themselves.

Pay Out of Pocket

Paying out of pocket is often the most financially feasible option, but it’s the most expensive way to fund care and could also put a huge strain on your budget. On a positive note, it has some advantages.

For example, you’ll know exactly how much money you spend on services and products (which can help with budgeting). Also, if you have a high-deductible plan from work or a health savings account (HSA) accruing funds from tax-sheltered investments like stocks or bonds, those could be put toward your parents’ care costs as well.

Explore Additional Financial Options

Consider borrowing money from family members who trust you and understand your situation. It's advantageous because it allows them to invest in their loved one’s future without any risk involved.

For senior medical emergencies that require immediate expenses, personal loans can help. They’re known for being versatile, meaning you can use them to finance almost anything. Plus, they usually don’t require collateral and disburse funds fast. The best part is that they often have lower interest rates.

While it’s a good thing that many lenders offer personal loans, contacting multiple financial institutions can be time-consuming. One way to deal with this is to go local. For example, if you live in Bella Vista, then opt for a personal loan in Philadelphia. This way, it would be easier for you to verify a local lender. Additionally, living in the same area could mean they understand your economic situation better than others.

Final Thoughts

Finding the best option to pay for senior care will depend on your loved one’s needs, finances, and insurance coverage. But above all, it involves finding the best solution for you and your loved ones. Keep in mind that funding for senior care can be a long-term commitment, and it’s essential to know all your options before making a decision.

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