If you or a loved one lives in Tucson and needs long term care, you may consider applying for the ALTCS program if you will have difficulty paying for that care. ALTCS is the state of Arizona’s medicaid program, and it will pay for your long term care needs if your loved one qualifies medically and financially.

If your loved one is in need of long term care, you may want to apply for ALTCS at the Tucson ALTCS office. The first component of the ALTCS application is the medical qualification. To qualify for ALTCS, you must have at least 60 points on their needs scale. Points are scored on the evaluation for medical conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, as well as difficulty with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing and meal preparation. If you meet the medical qualification, ALTCS also will ask for a financial disclosure. ALTCS is a program for those who cannot afford care for themselves. Therefore, they will only begin paying if savings have dropped to below $5000 for an individual.

The next step after applying for ALTCS in Tucson is finding a care provider. Most ALTCS patients should look into assisted living and residential care. 24/7 caregivers will be available to the residents in these communities. Many residents have see improvement and stabilization in the health once they are under the care of professionals. Contacting a professional placement agency, such as Senior Planning can sometimes allow patients to move into communities before benefits kick in. This can be a huge boon to those who find themselves in sudden need of full time care without savings to pay for it temporarily. Contact Senior Planning for more information.

For help with the financial disclosure, you may want to consult with a lawyer. It may be possible to protect certain assets such as the family home, depending on who is living there. The rules of the ALTCS program are somewhat convoluted with regards to non-cash property, so it is worth investigating your options before applying for ALTCS in Tucson. Additionally, if you are looking for at home care in the Tucson area, we can help with that. Depending upon what your needs are and the degree of need, in general there are many options available.

All in all, its best to consult with experts and plan your application to make sure that you get the best possible outcome for your loved one and for you family. Contact Senior Planning or another agency for more information about the ALTCS program in Tucson or around the state of Arizona.

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