Being diagnosed with dementia is a life-altering illness. One of the first things you might want to do when you’re diagnosed is decide who you are going to tell. This is a tough decision on its own, but it’s important nonetheless. Having a support system present while you’re dealing with dementia is an important part of the treatment process.
There are certain things you can do to improve your mental clarity and slow the process down. Some of these strategies include:
- Exercise consistently
- Eat a brain-healthy diet
- Challenge your mind
- Get regular and restful sleep
- Minimize stress
- Avoid smoking and limit drinking
Along with these strategies are certain steps you can follow, which can ease your journey:
- Take care of yourself emotionally. As I mentioned earlier, having an emotional support group is a vital piece when dealing with the symptoms of dementia.
- Watch for treatable changes. Certain medications can make dementia worse, but making lifestyle changes and medication changes can fix the problem.
- Create a dementia-friendly environment. You can do this by increasing lighting, removing tripping hazards, and organizing a caregiving network.
- Avoid future financial, medical, and legal confusion by meeting with an Arizona elder law attorney to set up a plan for your future.
By setting up your Arizona power of attorney, end of life preferences, and a living will, you’ll be able to have your wishes met should you become incapable of managing your own finances and making medical decisions. If you decide to plan for your future now, here is a list of documents you’ll want your attorney to prepare for you:
- Power of Attorney
- Living Will
- Last Will and Testament
- Make contingency plans
- Estate planning
- Long Term Care Financing
You’ve learned a few tips that will help keep your mind a little sharper and slow down the dementia process, but when the time comes, you might be wondering how you’re going to afford treatment and medical care. There are a few different payment options that will help take care of the treatment costs. A few are listed below:
- Long-Term Care Insurance
- Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS), Arizona’s branch of Medicaid to pay for long term care
- Paying out of pocket
The benefits and qualifications for each program depend on which payment option you apply for. For example, ALTCS can offer full coverage of medical services including doctor visits, hospital visits, prescriptions, lab work, and x-rays. It also offers nursing home care, home and community based services, and a special branch, designed for developmentally disabled adults and children, which provides benefits at home.
The eligibility requirements for this program can be strict and confusing. Hiring an experienced Arizona elder law attorney can help make the process easier, and guide you in the right direction in obtaining the options to pay for Dementia care in Arizona.