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.