Can you afford $5,000 or more per month for long-term care for yourself or a loved one? If this question causes you concern, you need to know about and understand the government benefits available to help pay for long-term care! Whether you or your loved one needs long-term care right now or might in the future in Arizona, this book is a must-read.
For over 20 years, I have practiced elder law and helped hundreds of families navigate through the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) and Veteran’s Administration Aid & Attendance Pension benefits programs while preserving millions in assets and achieving quality care for my clients. Unfortunately, I have seen first-hand poor outcomes when families try to navigate these programs themselves without adequate information, planning, or advocacy. The benefits and eligibility rules for these benefits programs are complex, the application process itself is more than daunting, and long-lasting urban myths and misinformation still abound. I wrote this down-to-earth book to serve as a resource for Arizonans looking for answers to their most common questions about ALTCS, VA Aid & Attendance Pension benefits, and more.
While this book provides a comprehensive look into these programs, it does not provide legal advice. To achieve the best results, you should always seek the advice of an experienced elder law attorney if you are considering use of ALTCS and/or VA Aid & Attendance Pension benefits to help pay for long-term care or simply want to craft the best estate plan as you age. Proper planning and advocacy make all the difference between achieving best outcomes or wasting time and money, incurring unnecessary stress or, worst of all, inadequate care to meet one’s long-term care needs.
We have worked with thousands of families and individuals just like you, and with the advantage of years of experience and legal knowledge, have created this book to help you and your family.
This Private Information Guide is intended to serve as one place to record your most important personal, legal, financial, and medical information, so it is at the fingertips of those you entrust to handle your medical and financial matters in case anything happens to you. Even if you have your estate planning documents in place, your trusted agent’s, personal representative’s or trustee’s job is made so much harder if information has not been organized.
Do not leave your family lost with no direction or information. This gift of information and organization will help to ensure continuity of your medical care and management of your financial matters in case you suffer a serious illness or injury, and allow for much easier and efficient administration of your affairs at end of life. We have designed this book to help you leave a legacy, and not a mess.
To organize your information and records:
∙ Complete this book;
∙ Keep the book in a secure location with your estate planning, legal, and other important documents;
∙ Let at least one person know where to find this book; and
∙ Update information as needed.