If you are considering senior care in a residential setting for yourself or a loved one, exploring options on how to pay for it is undoubtedly at the top of your list. Even a rudimentary exploration of the options will reveal that residential senior care can be very expensive. Fortunately for seniors in need, the ALTCS programs can help pay for care.

ALTCS is a division of Arizona Medicaid. The role of the ALTCS program in Sun City is to help elderly and disabled Arizonans afford long term care when they cannot do so themselves. The ALTCS program is set up so that the state can take over paying when the long term care recipient’s private money has run out. It includes a financial and medical/functional evaluation. The financial evaluation is an examination of you or your loved one’s finances, to ensure that long term care is unaffordable to you privately. The medical and functional evaluation involves meeting with a social worker, who will evaluate the need for long term care. Difficulty preforming the activities of daily living, such as bathing and meal preparation will be considered, as well as medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, or any recognized disabilities. In order to qualify for ALTCS based on disability, a person must be receiving social security’s disability benefit.

The next step after applying for ALTCS in Sun City is to find care. ALTCS is contracted with a number of assisted living communities throughout Arizona, including in Sun City. However, it is important to do a great deal of investigation before moving to an assisted living home. An agency such as Senior Planning provides background checks, community recommendations, and ensures that the homes you are looking at are in the ALTCS network.

Not all homes take the ALTCS program, and some of those that do simply do not provide good care. Whether you work with an agency like Senior Planning or not, it is important that you take the time to consult state reports about the communities you are considering. There are many great options for ALTCS in Sun City, but we encourage everyone working on their own to make sure that they are doing their due diligence with regard to the care options they are choosing. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us. We will be happy to help you through this process in any way that we can.

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