If you are looking for long term care options in Glendale, affordability is likely one of your top concerns. For those who need long term care but cannot afford it, applying for the ALTCS program in Glendale may be a good option for you. The ALTCS program (Arizona Long Term Care System) is run by the Arizona state division of Medicaid and can be used to pay for long term care. There are a few things, however, that you might want to do before applying.
It is important to have all of your ducks in a row before you apply for ALTCS in Glendale. If you are married and your spouse in continuing to live independently, you may want to consider meeting with an elder law attorney in order to make sure that you have all of your financial affairs arranged in the most advantageous way.
Qualifying for the ALTCS program is based entirely on two factors. The first is the functional and medical assessment, which measures whether or not someone can function independently in their home without the aid of daily care. The functional and medical assessment measure things like whether or not the patient can bathe themselves, prepare food, run their own errands, and perform other activities of daily living. ALTCS will also consider certain diagnosed medical conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, senior dementia, and whether or not the person in question uses an oxygen tank. ALTCS will also review finances to make sure the applicant is under the income limit and does not have extensive savings that could be using to pay for care.
After applying for the ALTCS program, it will take about 60 days to qualify. If you need care immediately, a professional agency such as Senior Planning can help. We help find ALTCS care in Glendale, usually in a residential setting. The advantage of using a professional agency is that you can move in while you are still ALTCS-pending. We can help negotiate with the home operators or care agencies to reduce some of the monthly rates until the ALTCS program comes through.
We hope that you have success in your search for senior care. If you decide not to use a professional agency, just keep in mind that you need to do some research about what you are getting into before you choose a type of senior care. Just make sure that you do your due diligence so that everything works out for the best. Our services are free so give us a call any time if you have a question. We are happy to help.