ALTCS (Arizona Long Term Care), the state of Arizona’s program for seniors in need of long term care, is a program that you might want to consider if you are seeking care but having difficulty affording it. ALTCS can help families afford the care their loved one needs. Here are some tips to help you qualify for ALTCS.

An ALTCS application has two components. The first part is a “need for care” evaluation and the second is a financial evaluation or a means tests. You must pass both in order to receive ALTCS. Priority is given to those who need full time care because of their medical difficulties. Medical qualifiers can include: dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, difficulty cooking, trouble maintaining a household, problems bathing, or difficulty performing other activities of daily living. ALTCS provides care for those who cannot care for themselves.

The second portion of determining eligibility is evaluating the applicant’s finances. Some of those applying for ALTCS are frustrated when they are rejected on these grounds, but it is important to remember that ALTCS is funded by the state and federal government, and ALTCS must conserve its funds for those who most need them. ALTCS accepts people who have less that $2000 dollars a month in income and less $5000 in cash assets. ALTCS kicks in to pay for care when those who need it are no longer able to pay.

During the ALTCS process, you will meet with a social worker, who will evaluate the need for care. You will also have to make a financial disclosure for the means test. The entire process takes about sixty days from application to the decision. If you need care in the meantime, you should consult with a professional organization, such as Senior Planning, as we can often arrange for your care while ALTCS is pending.

Applying for ALTCS should be one of the first things you do if you or a loved one is in need of long term care and cannot afford it. The ALTCS program is there for every Arizonan that needs it. If you need help applying or have questions about what to do to find long term care, you should seek help from a professional elder care agency, such as Senior Planning. We offer our services for free and are able to advise you on how to move forward and get care for your loved one. Contact us if you have any questions.

About the author: Jacob Edward

Jacob Edward is the founder of Senior Planning and an expert in eldercare.

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