It is certain that most seniors want to stay at home for as long as possible but the costs of home care can be astronomical! Don’t forget that the ALTCS program also covers home and community based services such as personal care, respite, housekeeping, meals, attendant care and adult day care. Under most circumstances, when the member is living at home, they keep their income to pay for things like mortgage, food, utilities… and the state pays for the services offered as well as medical care such as doctor/hospital visits. If you are in need of services in the home and think you might meet the guidelines it may be the appropriate time to apply for ALTCS. It is a misconception that ALTCS is just for coverage in a nursing home – our state uses a managed care approach to Medicaid, therefore keeping members at the lowest level of care is the priority. So keeping members at home, as it is often cheaper than institutional care, works well for the member and for the state. Our Elder Care Coordinators are happy to discuss these benefits with you and to help you see if you qualify. Call us!