The other day, the federal government released a headline grabbing report: The average out-of-pocket cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 is about $234,000. Among families where an older adult has severe long-term care needs and uses paid care, out-of-pocket costs average $140,000, according to research by my Urban Institute colleague Melissa Favreault. That enormous cost is generally spread over much less time, typically four years in contrast to 17.
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Having longevity issues in both of our families we realized the importance of, and the need for, comprehensive long term care coverage. Knowing the complexity of this product we wanted to work with the best–someone who is very knowledgeable in the product and would have the credibility that would give us a level of comfort that they had our best interests in mind. We did extensive research to find the business partner that we wanted to work with. After reading many articles we felt that we knew what we were looking for. Tobe’s website was very professional and the testimonials there were impressive. To verify the validity of what we read we even participated in all of the educational webinars that she offers. That sealed the deal. She obviously knew the subject matter inside and out and came across as the type of caring person that we would be comfortable working with. We are very glad that we made the decision that we did. We recently purchased a shared policy. During the entire process Tobe was by our side explaining, educating, and guiding us. With both of us being financial professionals we tended to ask a lot of questions. Tobe was able to answer all of our questions and was very patient in providing us with a level of comfort that the product we purchased was the best option for us. Regardless of whether you are very knowledgeable in this area or are a novice in this subject matter, we highly recommend Tobe as someone you should work with.
Bob & Marilyn O’ConnellWalpole, MA
Tobe Gerard is nothing short of a miracle worker. After months of struggling to rescue a long-term care application from one provider’s rejection pile, Tobe found me and my wife an alternative, high-quality provider with essentially the same policy and for a substantial discount. What’s more, she’s a super communicator who will walk you through the gobbledygook lingo of the insurance world.
Robert Brown and Delia CabeBelmont, MA
Tobe is my trustworthy “go to” person for long term care insurance. Ten years ago, when my spouse I considered buying Long Term Care insurance, she guided us with her extensive insurance product knowledge and demonstrated her commitment by finding the best insurance value for our needs. I highly recommend her.
Dennis StoneNorman, OK
Tobe was a pleasure to work with right from the beginning. She quickly responded to our initial outreach by visiting us to understand our needs and to provide us with educational material so that we could begin the process of learning about long-term care insurance. She demonstrated boundless patience (!) and maintained her sense of humor with our endless myriad questions and concerns, always making time to talk until we felt we had come to the best decision. She was very accommodating and her willingness to chat by phone or via email as many times as we needed was above and beyond, often responding off-hours. Tobe was invested in making sure we were well informed and did her best to research any questions she could not answer right away. Tobe is a wonderful educator. Her clarity and thoroughness enables her to explain concepts in a very clear and concise manner; she made what could be a daunting menu of benefits and combinations easily discernible. She was honest and forthright when she felt we were going astray or looking at aspects of policies that may not be in our best interest. At the same time, she was always respectful of our particular concerns, needs, preferences and hesitations. Understanding the nuances of the products and benefits and helping us to foresee the future while making us comfortable with our decisions (so that we could finally make a decision!) is what we appreciated most. She shared her history with the long term care insurance industry in such a way that we felt comfortable navigating the news stories, others’ skepticism, and our own fears about making such a long term financial commitment. Ultimately, with Tobe’s professional and skilled guidance, we were able to confidently choose a policy that seems like the right fit for us.
Deborah Issokson and Liane BrombergHull, MA
In the past 45 years, we have dealt with dozens of agents and representatives for my legal, economic and other needs. As we reflect on the quality of service that we have received, we can say, without reservation, that Tobe Gerard was the best of them all. When we needed advice concerning Long Term Health Care, we were fortunate to find Tobe Gerard. She is knowledgeable, trustworthy, focused on the needs of the client above all other considerations, and a very nice person to work with. Thank you Tobe!
Jack and Sue HeidbrinkBurlington MA
Nine years ago my family and I purchased a long term care policy for my mother from Tobe Gerard. Tobe was wonderful to work with, helping us find a policy that was affordable and that provided a basic safety net for my mother. Now, my mother is 92 years old and needs to draw on her policy benefits. I called Tobe for help in navigating the claims process. She jumped right in, got things moving and my mother is now receiving needed benefits. What impressed me most about Tobe is that she not only works hard to find the best insurance products for her customers, she also cares that the policies she sells deliver on the benefits they promise.
Haynes TurkleColrain MA
Tobe Gerard of Tobe Gerard Insurance worked with my wife and me in developing a plan for our insurance needs. She made us understand the nuances and intricacies of the terminologies, and various services vis-à-vis the premiums. Tobe readily and patiently answered our questions in detail, and walked us through the application process. Her initial interview with us was phenomenal in sifting through our needs and wants, and to finally design an appropriately tailored policy that met our requirements. We would enthusiastically recommend this agency to our friends.
P.K. and O.K. Burlington, MA
Tobe is one of the top experts in Long Term Care Insurance in the US. She is the person other insurance people turn to for answers. Her depth and breadth of knowledge is amazing. But even more impressive is the way she works with people. She listens to their concerns and develops a plan tailored to their individual needs. I know this because a number of my clients work with Tobe. I have known her since 2003 and she has always been the professional’s professional.
I have had the good fortune of knowing and working with Tobe Gerard for over 15 years. It is rare to find someone who possesses a solid level of technical proficiency with a passion to do what is right for her customers. She truly does care about her customers. Recently I bought an LTC policy from Tobe even though I live 250 miles away! I am proud to call her my agent!
Curt Pearsall Whitesboro, NY
Tobe has been instrumental to our business as we develop our clients’ financial plans. The cost of healthcare is #1 on many people’s minds as it has been rising at such a rapid rate lately. In particular, we work with many single women who want to plan for their care later in life. Tobe’s consultative nature is so comforting and appealing to everyone we have introduced to her. She is the antithesis of what people expect of an insurance agent. Myself and my team at Twelve Points couldn’t feel more fortunate to have such a consummate professional as a resource for us and our clients.
David Clayman, CMT, AIF, C(k)PTwelve Points Wealth Management, Concord, MA