What Are the Requirements for ALTCS-Approved Assisted Living?
When choosing assisted living for a loved one, there are many different factors you’ll need to consider. A major one is, unfortunately, the cost. That’s where the Arizona Long-Term Care System (or ALTCS) comes in to help. But who is eligible for this assistance, and how do you get it? Read on below to find out what steps are necessary to receive ALTCS-approved assisted living.
Part of being ALTCS-approved for assisted living means ensuring assisted living is necessary in the first place. To find out if you or your loved one meets this requirement, there is a medical screening process.
Applying for assisted living in the first place usually means that you or your loved one needs at least a little bit of daily assistance or care. As long as this is the case, most applicants do fit the medical requirements.
While undergoing the screening, it’s best for you or your loved one not to present a too-rosy image. It is important to disclose both the best and worst days, to get a full idea of the current medical state. Be honest.
Before undergoing this screening, or even before applying for ALTCS-approved assisted living, some individuals choose to undergo a consult with a health care professional.
To be ALTCS-approved for assisted living, an individual has to fit some general criteria. And they must also have certain documentation as proof.
The individual must be either a citizen of the United States or a legal immigrant. The individual must also be a resident of the state. This may be unsurprising considering the A in ALTCS stands for Arizona.
In addition to these proofs of residency, the individual also must have a Social Security number.
Once these documents have been submitted, it’s time to continue with the next steps of the ALTCS-approved assisted living application process.
Financial and Monthly Income Requirements
The monthly income limit for ALTCS approved assisted living can vary from year to year. At this time, the number is $2,382. This means an individual applicant cannot make or receive more than this amount in a month.
Does the marital status of an applicant impact that number? It depends. If both spouses are applying, it means that the combined income cannot be over $4,764. If only one is applying, however, the other spouse’s income is a non-factor.
Does an individual and/or couple make more than this limit? That doesn’t mean they need to give up on ALTCS-approved assisted living. There are still other ways of meeting the financial requirements.
For instance, your personal resources, or assets, can also be taken into consideration. This can include your or your loved one’s real estate, vehicles, accounts, and more.
If an individual’s assets are not worth more than $2,000, they can still meet the requirement for ALTCS-approved assisted living. Like the monthly income limit, however, this exact number can change. Also, as with income, a married couple’s limit is higher than an individual’s.
Here at Solterra Senior Living, we believe our community is the perfect fit to receive ALTCS-approved assisted living care. You can find out more information about Solterra Senior Living on our website. If you have any questions, you can contact us via that website as well.