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Disabled Seniors Guide to Retiring in Arkansas

By    |   Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:26 PM

When retirees are looking for a new home, there are a lot of questions they need answered about the states and locations they are considering. When looking into retirement in Arkansas, there are a lot of benefits, but for disabled seniors, there are a lot more questions to ask than other retirees. Whether it is where they can find help in the state to any tax breaks and programs set up to help them with their disabilities, seniors need to research all the alternatives. Here is what disabled seniors need to know before choosing retirement in Arkansas.

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  1. Disability Programs - Arkansas has a service for disabled seniors called the Alternatives for Adults with Physical Disabilities Program. This is a program for the home and community that provides attendant care and modification services for anyone ages 21 through 64 as an alternative to home care. The qualification is an income of less than 300 percent poverty level. Once adults reach their elder years, there is the ElderChoices Program, which is designed to help eligible seniors continue living in their homes to avoid institutionalization.
  2. Disabled Veterans - Arkansas has a program set up to help veterans and their families as well. The first is the Homestead and Personal Property Tax Exemption. This provides any disabled veteran who meets the eligible requirements with complete tax exemption on their military pension and benefits. Veterans who are 100 percent disabled receive half-price admission to all Arkansas State Park campgrounds. They also get a three-year disability hunting license for $25 and a three-year fishing license for $10.50.
  3. Arkansas Medicaid Program- The Arkansas Medicaid program is set up to help needy individuals who meet certain criteria. When it comes to disabled seniors, as long as they meet income and resource requirements, they will receive full Medicaid coverage in Arkansas. The same goes for those considered disabled under the Social Security Administration. This coverage includes long term care, ElderChoices, Alternatives for Adults with Physical Disabilities, DDS Alternative Community Services, and Working Disabled.

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  5. Transportation - One of the most important things for disabled seniors to get an understanding of is the transportation system in a state in which they are choosing to live. When it comes to Arkansas, care.com offers a number of options for transportation around the state, including for disabled seniors considering retirement in Arkansas. Central Arkansas has a transit authority called CAT that has buses and vans that are all wheelchair accessible and will stop anywhere for the convenience of the senior. Northern Arkansas has a trolley system and van service as well as a dial-a-ride option. Southern Arkansas has fewer options but there are community organizations who will help seniors get around.
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