Understanding the consequences of a long-term illness is half the equation. The other half is taking action.
When a spouse, parent or extended family member has a long-term care illness, women typically assume the role of primary caregiver. This added responsibility often impacts their income, job security, emotional and physical health, and overall quality of life.
Statistics show that women have a longer life expectancy than men. As a result, they typically develop health problems later in life and find themselves without a partner to care for them and in many cases with less income and fewer assets.
For women who want the best quality of care, choice as to where they can receive their care and from whom, the need for long-term care planning is essential.