Sure, Grandpa is Awesome, but He Still Might Need Extra Care at Home
Aging Veterans Care
Your grandfather served during the Korean War and you’ve always looked up to him as a hero in your book. He might not have talked much about his time in the service, but you know enough about the fact he served in combat situations. Sometimes he would talk about other young men he had become friends with who never returned home.
As an elderly veteran, you seen his health and physical strength and agility decline through the years. That hasn’t changed your perception of him; you still look up to him and know he is a wonderful and amazing person. Yet, you understand the reality of time and how it is taking a toll on his health, ability to get things done, and even his safety.
As an elderly veteran, home care may very well be necessary at some point in time. You’re not in a position to help him out and the rest of your family seems to keep some kind of safe distance from him, for whatever reason, and that means home care with a professional and experienced aide doesn’t seem realistic. Neither one of you can afford it.
His income is limited to a pension that barely covers his rent, food, utilities, and medications. You’re barely scraping by as it is. So how can you help him?
Talk about the Aid and Attendance Benefit. This is a pension made available through the VA to assist veterans who need some type of care at home. It was designed and put into place following World War I, but has expanded through the years. And now provides financial support for veterans and widows of veterans who meet a certain criteria and whose income and assets fall below a specific threshold.
In order to qualify, veterans need to have served at least 90 days of active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. A minimum of one day of their service has to have fallen during an active time of combat, as defined by Congress.
Having served during the Korean War, your grandfather would certainly qualify for that requirement. It’s also essential that the veteran be able to show a specific need for home care support. If your grandfather’s doctor has been specific about the importance of relying on a home care aide or some other support, that could be enough.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit could very well be just what your grandfather needs to remain safe, comfortable, and as active as he wants to be within the comfort of his own home.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring aging veterans care, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination. Call today: 1-855-777-4693