Although Arizona residents are taking better care of themselves by eating better and exercising more, they still have to think about preparing for their senior years. Most people do not entertain the thought of requiring long-term medical care until there is an imminent need. At that point, decisions are more difficult to make because time is of the essence and emotions may cloud an otherwise business decision.
Just like making preparations for a will, long-term care is better to have and not need than to need and not be prepared. Let’s face it; everyone is just one unforeseen accident away from potentially needing long term care.
Long-term care may last anywhere from a few months to several years. The costs associated with the care usually are more than what the average Arizona resident can handle out of pocket. Therefore, it is necessary to look for alternatives.
If you have sizeable assets, it would make sense to protect them from being squandered away paying for long term care. If you don’t have sizeable assets, more than likely you are unable to afford to pay out of pocket for such care thus making it necessary to purchase insurance.
Being aware of money savings associations will make the search for affordable long-term care possible. Here are a few associations available to Arizona residents that may make their search for long-term care easier and cheaper:
1. Arizona Health Care Association (AHCA). They provide information about nursing homes and assisted living centers. They are touted to be the state’s largest professional long-term care advocates and association.
2. AARP: Offers information about discounts to residents over the age of 50
3. Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS): Arizona’s Medicaid program.
These are only a few of the many programs available in Arizona. For more information, contact the Arizona Department of Insurance. Being knowledgeable is key to getting the best rate and discounts when shopping for long-term care.