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Many Canadians believe that full-time care in a long-term facility will be paid by government health care programs.  The truth is that the government health care programs may cover only a small part of the cost of a nursing home or other specialized residential care facility, or non depending on the circumstances.  This means that you or your family will have to pay a significant portion fo the cost associated with a long-term care situation out of pocket.  

What is long-term care insruance

Long-term care insurance provides financial protection should you become unable to care for yourself because of a chronic illness; disability; cognitive impairment, such as dementia; or other age-related conditions preventing you from managing a number of activities of daily living without assistance.  It can cover stays in nursing homes and chronic care facilities or the services of a caregiver in your own home.

There are two types of long-term care insurance plans:

  • one reimburses you for eligible expenses that are outlined in your plan that you may incur on a given day, up to a pre-determined maximum.

  • The other is an income style plan, which offers a pre-determined monthly benefit amount.  with this style you will receive a regular benefit that can be spent in any way you choose.  you can use it to pay a professional in a residential facility or home care or you can pay someone in your own family to care for you.  

Contact a Long-Term Care Specialist

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