Long Term Waiver

What Are Long-Term Care Services?

Typical long-term care services might include:

  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) including:
    • Dressing, bathing, and using the bathroom
    • Assistance when walking either with a walker or cane indoors or outside
    • Maintaining client safety when transferring or getting up from a bed or chair
    • Help in grocery shopping and preparing meals
    • Light housekeeping
    • Bill paying and money management
    • Medication Reminders
    • In-home nursing care
    • Hospice Care

Who Needs Long-Term Care?

Statistically, about 70% of people age 65 or older may require long-term care at some point in their life. The probability of needing personal care and health-related services increases with age, for women who are single or left alone after the death of a spouse or partner, or if someone is disabled or has a chronic illness such as diabetes or high blood pressure that requires monitoring and regular medication.

The average person needs long-term care services for about three years, although the figures tend to be shorter for men (2.2 years) than for women (3.7 years). About 20% will need it for more than five years.

Long Term Care Is Also Called Custodial Care

Custodial care is a general term for maintaining comfort and safety in the client’s home care setting.  Medicare does not usually pay for these services except for a short period of time after a hospitalization or when a doctor orders nursing visits for wound care, physical therapy or speech and occupational therapies.

What Programs Are Available To Assist People With Disabilities in Arizona?

Is there a Medicaid waiver program in Arizona?

Arizona does not operate a 1915(c) waiver; it operates a unique statewide 1115 Demonstration Project waiver. The Arizona Long Term Care System (Long Term Care) is a federally funded Medicaid program of supports and services for persons with disabilities.


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