Long term care insurance is different from other insurance policies such as critical illness insurance because it isn’t used when someone is diagnosed with a specific illness, but instead it is used when someone can’t perform activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing and walking themselves without regular help from a member of their family or a carer.
Most people think that this sort of insurance policy would only be used by elderly people but in fact about 40% of long term care insurance is used by those people who are still under 65. Out of those individuals who are under 65 and who have used such a policy, this would usually be if they have illnesses such as Parkinson’s Disease or early-onset dementia which can happen to those who are only in their early 50’s.
For people who are over 65 years old, about 60 per cent them will need care at some point in their lives. If you add this fact to a growing elderly population, it can be quite a worrying thought as to how to pay for care in the future. Generally, you might hope having made lifetime tax contributions, they might be covered if they need to be cared for at some stage, but with a decrease in the UK healthcare budget, this is not very likely for people who are in their thirties or early forties at the moment.