Lack of LTC Planning Cause of Career Crisis for Caregivers

As more people require Long Term Health Care more family members have become caregivers. A new survey suggests the impact on those loved ones is not limited to emotional and physical burdens. Affordable LTC Insurance can be helpful. Learn how you can make LTC insurance part of your retirement plan to protect your family and assets: http://mccannltc.net/

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Genworth Financial, one of the nation’s leading providers of Long Term Care Insurance, released results of a survey today (October 1, 2015) citing that the caregivers providing care for adult parents are burdened more than you would expect.

Providing care for loved ones has taken a toll on the careers of half of caregivers surveyed in Genworth’s latest Beyond Dollars study, with 11 percent actually losing their jobs and another 10 percent having to change careers. That’s in addition to the other financial, physical and emotional impacts of caregiving examined in the survey.

Genworth released the survey findings today during its annual Long Term Care Symposium on Capitol Hill, which brought together many of the nation’s leading caregiver advocates and lawmakers to highlight the challenges of caregiving and explore ways to make that job easier on families.

Caregiving responsibilities may include helping with activities such as bathing, dressing and household chores.

Among caregivers surveyed in the study, 51 percent felt that caregiving responsibilities negatively impacted their ability to perform their jobs. That’s not surprising considering these findings:

•77% reported missing some work during the past year, up 19% from when caregivers were surveyed by Genworth in 2010
•Caregivers missed an average of 7 hours of work per week
•19% missed 10 or more hours of work per week

As a result of their caregiving responsibilities:
•11% lost their jobs
•10% had to change careers and
•12% had to change positions

Absences, reduced hours and chronic tardiness also translated into a significant reduction in caregivers’ paychecks. Approximately one-third of caregivers provided 30 hours or more of care a week. And, on average, caregivers reported having lost one-third of their income.

“Although caregiving brings many rewards, it can also have very real negative consequences for families who haven’t planned ahead for the possibility of their loved ones needing long term care,” said Suly Salazar-Layton, director of Thought Leadership at Genworth’s U.S. Life Insurance Division. “In fact, 50 percent of respondents said if they could do anything differently, it would be to do a better job of planning. Our hope is that this study will encourage families to sit down and have that talk well before caregiving becomes a crisis.”

The Denial Factor –

The study also highlights several factors contributing to respondents’ reluctance to plan early. Two of the biggest factors cited were “not wanting to admit care was needed” and “not wanting to talk about the issue” (cited by 30 percent and 25 percent, respectively). Overall, caregivers who planned earlier for long term care arrangements saved money. For instance, caregivers providing care to recipients who had long term care insurance were able to secure a reimbursement of 23 percent of their qualified out-of-pocket expenses.

“It’s not easy to admit when there is an issue, especially when it comes to matters of declining health, and it’s not always easy broaching the topic of long term care with the people you love,” said Salazar-Layton. “But meeting the challenge with action – speaking with your loved ones and meeting with a financial professional – does make things easier in the long run for caregivers and care recipients.”

Beyond Dollars found that almost half of care recipients (48 percent) had considered the possibility of a need for long term care, but only one-quarter of this group (26 percent) had actually made a plan to cover their potential needs. Even planners felt they could have been better prepared: 63 percent of this group believed they should have taken steps sooner, which would have led to reduced stress.

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Matt McCann is recognized as a leading Long Term Health Care (LTC) specialist. Since 1998, Matt has been a national leader in finding solutions for the physical, emotional and financial burdens LTC places on American Families. He has been recognized by the American Association for Long Term Care Insurance as one of the top specialists in the country. In 2015 he was listed among the top ten specialists in LTC planning in the nation. He has also worked in sales management for two of the leading organizations marketing LTC products. He served as Director of Business Development for ACSIA LTC and Senior Vice President/Sales for LTC Financial Partners. Many of his agents have been among the top LTC specialists in the industry. Matt's divisions have also led in an innovative webinar approach which allows agents to use screen sharing software so prospects can see the agent's desktop. Matt's proven areas of success include sales coaching, training and motivation in additional to being an experienced LTC specialist. He has produced results in total production, placement rates and lead efficiency. Matt is known for years of experience leading creative efforts for agent meetings and sales promotions which drove results for both agents and consumers. He is now focused on helping consumers find affordable solutions so they can protect their assets and never be a burden on family and loved ones. He specializes in LTCi, Critical Care and Asset Protection products. Matt also coaches individual agents throughout the country helping them improve their processes to help more consumers. Matt is also known as an effective public speaker on LTCi and LTC issues as well as sales motivation. He appears on radio and TV programs and is available for bookings. Because of his schedule an advance notice is always requested. Prior to dedicating his life to LTC, Matt was a well known radio station manager and personality, He worked at radio stations throughout the country He may be best known for as legendary Chicago radio personality Larry Lujack's co-host when Lujack came back out of retirement years ago. Matt can be contacted by email at http://mccannltc.net/ or by phone at 866-751-7957. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @mccannltc - https://twitter.com/mccannltc
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