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THE IMPACT OF LTC

Learn about the some of the ways a comprehensive LTC plan can impact the lives of you and your loved ones.

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Physical Impact of LTC

Decline of Physical Health

  • Long-term care often involves individuals with chronic illnesses or disabilities requiring assistance in daily activities.

  • Extended periods of immobility or limited mobility can lead to muscle weakness, bedsores, and a decline of overall physical health.​

Increased Risk of Infections & Complications

  • Individuals in long-term care facilities may be more susceptible to infections due to shared living spaces and compromised immune systems.

  • Chronic conditions and reduced mobility can increase the risk of complications from infections, leading to hospitalizations.

Medication Management Challenges

  • Long-term care often involves multiple medications, and the management of these medications can be complex, leading to potential side effects and complications.

  • Mismanagement or improper administration of medications can exacerbate health issues and lead to further physical deterioration.

Impact on Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

  • Many individuals in long-term care may struggle with performing basic ADLs independently, such as bathing, dressing, eating, and toileting.

  • The inability to perform these tasks without assistance can impact an individual's physical autonomy and quality of life.

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Emotional Impact of LTC

Feelings of Isolation & Loneliness

  • Residents in long-term care facilities may experience social isolation due to limited interactions and separation from their families or communities.

  • Lack of social engagement can lead to feelings of loneliness and contribute to mental health issues like depression.

Loss of Independence & Control

  • Depending on the level of care needed, individuals might experience a loss of independence and control over their lives.

  • Relinquishing decision-making power and autonomy can lead to frustration, feelings of helplessness, and a loss of self-esteem.

Emotional Stress on Families

  • Family members caring for loved ones in long-term care might experience emotional distress, guilt, or anxiety about placing their loved ones in these facilities.

  • The responsibility of making decisions for someone else's care can be emotionally taxing for family caregivers.

Adaption to New Environments

  • Adjusting to a new living environment, routine, and unfamiliar caregivers can be emotionally challenging for individuals entering long-term care facilities.

  • Adapting to changes in surroundings and routines may cause stress and anxiety.

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Financial Impact of LTC

High Cost of Care

  • Long-term care services, whether at home, in assisted living facilities, or nursing homes, can be extremely expensive.

  • The cost varies based on the level of care needed and can significantly impact an individual's savings or financial resources.

Financial Strain on Families

  • Families often bear the burden of financing long-term care for their loved ones, leading to financial strain and potential depletion of savings or assets.

  • Some may need to adjust their lifestyles or work situations to afford the expenses associated with long-term care.

Limited Coverage by Insurance

  • Many health insurance plans do not fully cover long-term care expenses, leaving individuals responsible for a substantial portion of the costs.

  • Long-term care insurance policies often have limitations, waiting periods, or exclusions, impacting coverage.

Potential Need for Estate Planning

  • To mitigate the financial impact of long-term care, individuals may engage in estate planning strategies like setting up trusts or Medicaid planning to protect assets from being entirely spent on care expenses.

  • Estate planning becomes crucial to preserve wealth for future generations while managing long-term care costs.

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