It’s understandable that in living life to the fullest, we put off thinking about our needs as we age. Most of us believe there will be plenty of time later to plan for senior living.

The reality is that we need to take off our rose-colored glasses, grab a pencil and paper, and start crunching numbers as soon as possible.

Start the process by understanding the cost of long-term care.

How much can I afford?

According to Genworth Financial, the 2018 median cost to reside in a Tucson senior community with assisted living was $4,044 per month. What’s more, median cost for home health care ranged from $4,576 to $4,671, with nursing home care costing between $6,388 and $8,213. Here are some of the important things to explore when selecting an assisted living care facility:

  • Will my care costs increase if I require additional short-term or long-term care?
  • How are my evolving care costs determined?
  • Will there be cost of living increases and how are they calculated?
  • If I run out of money, are Medicaid contracts available?

At Cascades of Tucson we have a range of apartment sizes, services, and prices that will allow you to stick to your budget without sacrificing your lifestyle.

Know what Medicare will cover

Unfortunately, most of us are either misinformed or misunderstand the limits of Medicare benefits. For instance, many Americans believe that Medicare will pay for in-home and/or long-term care if you have limited income. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

It is essential to know and understand your Medicare coverage. The website does a great job of explaining senior care benefits.

Can I protect my retirement assets?

In planning ahead, consider long-term insurance (LTC). This is an especially smart move for couples with higher retirement incomes and assets.

The insurance maintains the healthy spouse’s standard of living, if the other spouse requires costly care at home or in a nursing home.

Be aware that for singles, especially women, this type of insurance may be expensive. Premiums can be as much as 40 percent higher.

You can learn more about pros and cons of LTC at AARP.

What about long-term care benefits for veterans?

Wartime veterans and their surviving spouse, 65 and older, may be entitled to a tax-free benefit called Aid and Attendance through the Department of Veteran Affairs.

The benefit is designed to provide financial aid to help offset the cost of long-term care for those who need assistance with the daily activities of living such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting and transferring.

Does Arizona offer any type of Eldercare support?

Arizona administers a Medicaid program called the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS). It is designed to help fixed-income seniors and disabled individuals afford senior care after their savings are exhausted. The program can also connect individuals to resources available through national Medicaid services.

The program requires an application and can take several months for approval.

Start planning now

These are just a few of the things to consider when planning ahead for your senior living needs.

The important takeaway is to start sooner rather than later. We have more than 4 decades of experience navigating these decisions. We’re here to help. Your planning efforts will help you find senior living arrangements that fit your pocketbook, as well as your lifestyle wants and needs.

About Cascades of Tucson

At Cascades of Tucson you can pursue your own brand of happiness. With affordable living and care options, Cascades balances the needs you may have today with whatever the future may bring. No matter your stage of life, we surround you with comfort, style, social opportunities, superb dining, a rich variety of activities and more. You’re sure to find new friends with shared interests and a lifetime of knowledge and experience to share.

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