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After placing my mother in-law in an assisted living facility recently, my wife and I quickly learned how expensive this process was going be and it became obvious to us that we needed to do something to protect our assets from these possible future costs when we may need long term care. I was referred to Don by the American Association for Long Term Care and he initially gave me an array of quotes from various insurance companies so that I could get an idea for the costs that would be involved with these policies and he warned me that this was going to be a process that we would have to work through to get to a policy that would fit both our needs and our budget. After getting these initial quotes, I found that long term care insurance is like a buffet table and you would have to pick and choose the variables that you want, to make up your policy – elimination period, benefit period, benefit amount per month, inflation protection, shared care, etc…, each of which of course, had its own effect on the cost of the policy. Needless to say, my head was spinning and I did not have the information to make an educated decision, and this is a big decision because you will be paying for this for the rest of your life. So to gather information, I decided to talk to more than one agent, along with searching the internet. I decided I would talk to a representative from each of the Mutuals – Mass Mutual, Northwestern Mutual and Mutual of Omaha. In the end, Don earned my business because I found him to be the best resource – he has an in depth knowledge of the long term insurance industry (statistics behind the various variables, products offered by each of the different insurance companies, differences between the products, etc…) and he answered each my questions in a clear, straight forward manner that any layman could understand, and he never once pressured me in any way to make a sale. I appreciate Don’s efforts in getting my wife and I into a policy that I think we will be extremely happy with in the future.
DL & SL Deer Park, IL
I was purchasing LTC insurance for my mother and found it to be an impossible maze until I got in touch with Don. He was extremely helpful in answering all of our questions, taking the time to understand what we needed, and providing us with several good options to work with. We likely would never have figured out to get the type of coverage we did — and we certainly would not have found as good a deal on it — without his assistance. Plus, he was always friendly and pleasant to talk to. Thanks, Don! We mean it — thanks again!
My wife and I were very pleased to have Don Strickler walk us through the entire process of selecting and applying for LTC insurance. Don was very knowledgeable about the current market for LTC insurance and did a great job of explaining the pros and cons of different product options and the companies that provide them. After a few exchanges of e-mails and phone conversations with us to better understand our needs, he tracked down and compiled a menu of rate options and insurance providers. Don always accommodated our busy schedule and, when we finally selected our preferred option, he greatly simplified the paperwork for us. He followed through with the insurance company on our behalf through the end of the approval process.
J.W. Glen Ellyn, Illinois
I would like to take a moment to thank you for the help you gave me in selecting a long term care insurance plan. I appreciate the clarity and perspective you offered. You were extremely knowledgeable of the LTC industry and guidelines in my home state. Guiding me through the various plans and choices and explaining the historical basis for some of the current trends helped me better understand LTC insurance. You answered all of my questions fully (I had many) and did not rush through anything. I also value your zero pressure sales approach. I felt like we were sitting in my living room having a conversation. Ultimately, I am confident that I made a well informed decision to purchase LTC insurance and found a plan that is right for me.
The decision to purchase Long Term Care was an emotional and intellectual process that Don Strickler skillfully guided us towards with compassion and patience. His knowledge of the policies and expertise with the extensive information was clarified and simplified for us to understand. He took time to listen and appreciate who we are and what our needs will be in our future. Without him, we would still be lost in the decision-making process and without our Long Term Care. He brought some comfort and peace into our complex lives. Thank You, Don!
Bill and GailOhio
Just a quick note to tell you how much we appreciate your assistance in helping us secure long-term care insurance. As you know we were unsuccessful in the past, due, I believe, to the lack of persistence on the part of another organization. You were a pleasure to work with, responsive, persistent and professional. Your friendly demeanor and expert knowledge base made it so much easier to make a decision about a complex issue. If we may ever act as a reference for you, I hope you will not hesitate to contact us.
I was very unfamiliar with the entire topic of long-term care insurance. Don presented the information in an easy-to-understand way, allowing me to make an informed decision tailored to my specific needs. Don is very knowledgeable and professional, and happily answered my multitude of questions. Don is not a high-pressure person– he realizes this is a decision that cannot and should not be made quickly. I would highly recommend Don to anyone who is considering purchasing long-term care insurance.
I requested information on long-term healthcare insurance in response to an announcement from a university alumnae bulletin. Mr. Donald Strickler contacted me, offering his assistance. We began a constructive working relationship with the objective of selecting a plan for me and my wife which would provide a degree of coverage in our later years while still being reasonable within our financial constraints. Don provided information on various options from major carriers, a detailed cost analysis, and answered all our questions in timely fashion. Using statistical data and personal observations, Don was able to educate us on the best options while removing all anxiety in the process. With no pressure whatsoever, he helped us to identify and initiate our long term healthcare policies. I am extremely pleased that we are fortunate to have Don as our LTHC advisor.
Don provided superior client-centric service without any pressure. He provided information in a clear fashion and was always available to respond to questions from application to processing to finalization of the contract. In addition, Don went above and beyond to ensure us that anytime after the insurance is in effect to not hesitate to contact him for assistance. An offer that was sincere and that I am confident he will stand behind. In my experience, I have never had the responsiveness and quality of customer service in the insurance domain that we received from Don. I fully recommend Don without any reservations.
Frank & Margie
I want to thank you once again for your help with our decision on our long term care policy. By the time I called you we were already in a difficult situation in trying to decide between policies from two people who we personally know that were offering conflicting advice. Your help in clarifying the pros and cons of each rider and policy type helped us make a decision that we feel confident about. I am sorry that we did not end up purchasing a policy through you, but our prior relationship with the other person swayed us that way. I am impressed with your willingness to help us even though others were already involved and your change of a sale was reduced from the start. Your sincere willingness to offer advice is greatly appreciated. I will keep your contact information so I can pass it on to others who are searching.Sincerely, Sincerely,