Plan ahead to protect your family fortune from this retirement risk

Not everyone will wind up needing care in an assisted-living facility in old age, but everybody should plan for it, just in case.

“When people hear the term ‘long-term care,’ they immediately think, Oh, my gosh, long-term care insurance. That’s for old people,” said certified financial planner Marguerita Cheng, CEO of Blue Ocean Global Wealth.

“Just because you don’t talk about planning for long-term care, it doesn’t mean that it’s not going to happen,” she said.

Paying for long-term care can be a costly and complex undertaking if you’re unprepared. Last year the national median annual cost of a semiprivate room in a nursing home was $85,775, according to Genworth Financial.

Cheng suggested using these three questions as guidelines in drafting your long-term care plan.

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