If you or a loved one lives in Tucson and needs long term care, you may be considering an application for the ALTCS program. ALTCS is for people who are in need of a high level of care, but would have difficulty paying for that long term 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 score at least 60 points on the needs scale. Points are awarded based on a person’s inability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing and meal preparation. Points are also given for medical conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. If you meet the medical qualification, ALTCS will also ask for financial records. There are strict asset and income requirements that must be met or an applicant will be deemed ineligible.
The next step after applying for ALTCS in Tucson is finding a care provider. Many ALTCS recipients use the benefit to pay for assisted living and residential care. Residents in these communities have access to caregivers who are available around the clock. Many residents see improvement and stabilization in their 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 advantage to those who find themselves in sudden need of full time care without the savings to pay for it. Contact Senior Planning for more information.
Along with placement services, Senior Planning also offers a robust application service for ALTCS. For help with the financial portion of the application, Senior Planning may be able to help to protect certain assets such as the family home, depending on who is living there. The rules of the ALTCS program are somewhat confusing with regards to non-cash property, so it is worth investigating your options before applying for ALTCS in Tucson. Depending upon what your needs are and the degree of need, there are many different options available.
All in all, its best to consult and plan your application to make sure that you get the best possible outcome for your loved one and your family. Contact Senior Planning for more information about the ALTCS program in Tucson or around the state of Arizona. We offer a completely free consultation where we can determine whether a person is medically eligible as well as the amount of assets we can help you save.