It’s a question we hear often from individuals looking to move into our communities: does BridgeWater offer ATLCS-approved assisted living? This is a concern we understand well. Many Arizonan families want to know that their older loved ones will be joining an assisted-living community that can help them afford medical care, even if they’re living on a fixed income.
We’re proud to say that BridgeWater does indeed offer ATLCS-approved assisted living! In this blog post, we’ll examine the following questions: what does it mean to be ATLCS certified, and what makes BridgeWater up to the label?
ALTCS stands for Arizona Long-Term Care System. It’s a Medicaid program run through the state of Arizona, designed to help seniors who are living on a fixed income, such as Social Security or workplace pensions. ALTCS ensures that older Arizonans can get the healthcare they need, even on low monthly income.
We all know that healthcare can get expensive, especially in the golden years of one’s life. Seniors who rely on a fixed income often can’t afford it, even with health insurance or Medicare. With life expectancies longer than ever before, a nest egg meant to last for the remainder of you and your partner’s lives may not be enough.
If you or your older loved ones need financial support for health care, make sure that you’re looking at residential care homes or assisted living communities that have ALTCS contracts. This will ensure that once moved into the new location, ALTCS will help afford critical needs such as:
Not everyone can be on an ALTCS program, unfortunately. As a Medicaid program designed to help lower-income Americans, ALTCS applications ensure that aid is going to the financially needy.
To qualify for ALTCS, you must have no more than $2,000 in financial resources, that is, checking or savings accounts or second homes. Furthermore, you must have a monthly income of no more than $2,100.
However, if you find yourself out of this bracket but still worried about affording medical care (which can be considerably more than $2,100), then there are other alternatives, like Miller Trusts. If you don’t qualify for ALTCS, you may still be eligible for other income assistance.
Yes, we are! BridgeWater is Medicaid certified, meaning that we have a contract with ALTCS. If you find yourself in need of financial assistance for medical treatment at any time during your life at BridgeWater—whether you come here already needing ALTCS assistance or if your nest egg runs out later in life—we are ready and eager to accommodate your or your loved one’s medical and financial needs.
To learn more or to find out if you may be eligible for ALTCS aid, contact our Community Benefits Advocate at 602-281-9535.