Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s is going to lead to slower movements and a loss of balance. After informing friends and loved ones, one of the first things you should do is ask your doctor to arrange a home safety evaluation. Here are some in-home safety tips:

  • Use grab bars in the tub and shower
  • Use a bath chair or a stool in the shower
  • Keep your floors smooth, but not slippery
  • Keep supplies in easy-to-reach cabinets
  • Keep stairwells lit
  • Get nightlights for hallways and bathrooms
  • Keep walking areas free of clutter
  • Wear comfortable shoes when walking around and avoid slippery socks and slippers
  • Make sure carpets are fully tacked to the ground and avoid rugs

Once your home is safe, it’s time to protect yourself medically and financially. In order to protect yourself medically and financially, you will want to have an Arizona elder law attorney prepare the following documents:

The above documents will see to it that your finances and medical care are managed according to your wishes in the event of your death or disability. The person you appoint will manage your medical care, finances or both and will speak on your behalf.  They will also see to it that your assets are distributed in accordance with your will.

Paying for Parkinson’s Care in Arizona

You may be wondering how you’re going to pay for treatment and medical care as the Parkinson’s condition worsens. There are several payment options available to you, including:

  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Social Security Disability Income
  • Medicare
  • And Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS), a branch of Arizona’s Medicaid Program

The benefits and qualifications for each program depend on which payment option you apply for. For instance, ALTCS offers 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.

ALTCS eligibility requirements can be confusing and strict. Hiring an experienced Arizona elder law attorney can help make the process easier, and guide you in the right direction in obtaining benefits to help pay for Parkinson’s care in Arizona.

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