ALTCS: Respite

By July 29, 2008Uncategorized

Our Arizona Long-Term Care (Medicaid) program is unique.  Since 1989, our state has offered home and community-based services (HCBS) to those living in their own homes or other alternative residential settings in addition to nursing home care.  That’s right!  You can live in your own home and be on ALTCS.  Some of these great home-based services include: personal care, housekeeping, transportation and Adult Day Center services. 

One of my favorite HCBS is respite care.  ALTCS offers 720 hours of respite per year.  These respite hours are in addition to the already approved weekly attendant care hours.  Respite can take place in the home or can mean a short-term stay at a residential community.  All HCBS are approved by the case manager with the chosen program contractor.   Caregivers, don’t forget to take some time to care for yourself.  Respite is there for you to get a break!