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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Tobe Gerard listens, cares, and wants the very best for you. We think the best of her as she has demonstrated her best with and for us. End-of-time planning requires sensitive and professional management. Tobe has the gifts and the talent for making these plans a reality.
Reverend and Mrs. John F. RiceBass River, MA
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
You have completed your job in helping us with LTC insurance. And so, I want to thank you for your help. You have been just wonderful – very professional, efficient, clear, and with a human touch and a heart. One cannot count on all of that from the professionals we work with. We are thoroughly satisfied with your work on our behalf. We will be happy to recommend you to others.
Dr. and Mrs. P. DNewton, 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
Long term care insurance was the furthest thing from my mind before an estate planner recommended that my husband and I consider it in order to protect our assets if we ever needed long term care. I wasn’t keen on imagining myself in a situation that would require long term care, but just to cover all bases, we met with Tobe — and then put off thinking about it for another year. At that time, Tobe made me aware of changes in various company policies that impacted women and the type of coverage I might want. I decided to apply and she guided me through myriad questions in a clear, timely, and thorough way, never being directive about particular companies, always focused on listening to what was most important to me. The application process can be difficult at various points – it can seem as if your health is called into question as you make your way through endless checklists of symptoms – but Tobe kept it upbeat, gave good guidance, and actually made it pleasant. When the process was complete and I had my policy in hand, I was sorry we had to part ways. In short, Tobe is terrific and great to work with – I would highly recommend her to anyone purchasing a policy or even to someone simply wanting to explore why LTCI might be a good idea.
An anonymous but grateful clientNewton, 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.
Tobe Gerard is a true professional in the sense of striving to understand the client’s concerns and placing the client’s best interests first, and in her continual professional interest in the Long Term Care insurance industry. I have worked with Tobe for the past 4 years on LTC cases for my insureds and am always impressed with not only her knowledge but also her ability to listen and relate to people.
Chip BoyntonBoynton Insurance Agency, Needham, MA
Thank you very much for speaking with us and reviewing our policies with us. It is a relief to know that we have a good policy for each of us and we plan to keep them. We were impressed with your knowledge on the subject. The conversation was very helpful to us.
Attorney, Arlington MA
Tobe is an exceptional professional with deep knowledge and commitment to her clients. She is a woman of uncompromising integrity and I recommend her without reservation. I’ve recommended her to my own clients, and the best recommendation I can give her is that she also wrote the LTC policy for my Mom.
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