Do I Have to Be in a Nursing Home?

By February 23, 2010Uncategorized

Question: Is it true that I have to go into a nursing home in order to get onto ALTCS?

Answer: While skilled nursing facilities certainly have their appropriate place along the continuum of care, it is not the only option for someone in order to receive ALTCS benefits. Other settings include assisted living communities and group homes as well as home and community-based services, which allows an individual to remain in their own home for as long as possible.

Recently, we have been hearing this question more often. When an individual inquires about services from the ALTCS office, they sometimes hear that they need to be ready for nursing home placement. This is true in that there are specific medical criteria that must be met in order for someone to be approved for ALTCS. Part of the medical assessment involves determining if an individual is indeed at risk for nursing home placement. Many individuals, however, interpret this to mean that they have to move into a nursing home right away in order to be considered for or to receive services.

If you have questions about ALTCS eligibility requirements, whether medical or financial, feel free to call our office at 1-800-243-1160 and ask for a free pre-screen from one of our Elder Care Coordinators. You may also wish to check out our interactive ALTCS program online at