Nursing Home Costs in Illinois: Are You Prepared?

As aging is an inevitable part of life, it is essential to address the potential challenges that may come with it, particularly the increasing costs of nursing home care. At Woods & Bates, P.C., since 1972, we have been providing quality legal services to Logan County, Tazewell County, and beyond. Our mission is to help individuals and families navigate the complexities of estate planning, real estate, and estate administration. 

In this blog post, we will explore the significant concerns surrounding nursing home costs and how proper planning can safeguard your assets. We look forward to continuing the legacy of those who came before us, serving as the preeminent rural law firm in central Illinois.


The Rising Tide of Nursing Home Costs

Aging is an undeniable part of life, and it often brings with it a decline in our physical and cognitive functions. As we age, the need for long-term care becomes increasingly likely. According to recent statistics, the average cost of long-term care in Illinois is a staggering $300 per day, equating to around $109,500 annually. Additionally, projections indicate that these costs could soar to between $10,000 and $20,000 per month in the coming years.


How Will You Cover the Costs?

The question that arises is, how will individuals and families cover these potentially exorbitant expenses? Even if you have accumulated significant wealth over your lifetime, it can deplete rapidly if these projections hold true. The economic reality suggests that the challenges posed by nursing home costs are real and imminent.


Different Stages of Planning

When it comes to planning for nursing home care costs, there are typically three groups of individuals:

  1. Pre-planners: These are individuals who are proactively preparing for the possibility of requiring long-term care in the distant future.
  2. Planners: These are people who anticipate the need for long-term care within the next few years.
  3. Nursing Facility Residents: For this group, long-term care is already a necessity.

While pre-planners and planners have more flexibility to strategize and protect their assets, even nursing facility residents can take steps to preserve what they have left.


The Complexity of Long-Term Care Planning

Long-term care planning is a multifaceted process that demands careful consideration of legal, financial, and personal aspects. Attempting to navigate this intricate terrain without professional guidance can result in unintended consequences. What we can guarantee is that neglecting to plan for your current or future long-term care needs could lead to a significant depletion of your hard-earned nest egg due to nursing home expenses. 

At Woods & Bates, P.C., our attorneys take a wholistic approach to estate planning, assisting you in forming a customized plan tailored to your unique circumstances. Drawing on decades of experience, we are dedicated to guiding you through the complex issues related to estate planning, trust formation, and real estate matters. Our goal is to put your mind at ease, ensuring that your assets are protected and your family’s future is secure.


Take Action Today with Woods & Bates, P.C.

Contact us at Woods & Bates, P.C., to speak with a lawyer in Illinois who understands the intricacies of estate planning, real estate, and estate administration. Call us at 217.735.1234 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Let us help guide you through your probate, estate planning, trust, or real estate matter.