Balancing Need with the Cost of Home Care for Veterans
Aid and Attendance
There are a lot of people talking about the need to support veterans more. When a veteran requires home care support, many families try to balance what they can offer with that veteran’s particular needs.
No veteran, regardless of age, should have to choose between getting proper care and support at home and being in a potentially unsafe environment or situation. For some veterans, there is a pension that the VA offers known as the Aid and Attendance Benefit, which can provide financial assistance to pay for home care services.
In order to qualify, the veteran will need to be able to prove that home care support is absolutely necessary at this point in their life. If they’ve been injured, are disabled, or are recovering from any type of medical emergency, this pension could very well help them in the recovery process.
Consider the backlog.
We’ll get into more detail about the basic requirements, but keep in mind there is a backlog at the VA, especially with regard to processing applications. In some cases, it could take nine months or more to find out if a veteran is qualified and approved for the Aid and Attendance Benefit. The sooner the application process begins, the better it will be for the veteran.
As for other requirements, veterans need to have served at least 90 days active duty with a minimum of one day of service falling during a time of active combat. That could include World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War. For those veterans who served during the Gulf War, they need to have served a minimum of two years active duty service.
There are income and asset limits that also need to be considered. If a veteran is barely making ends meet as it is, and paying a home care aide is absolutely out of the question, they should find out the specifics with regard to financial requirements, as they can change each year.
Who else could be helped by the Aid and Attendance Benefit?
Widows of servicemembers who would have qualified for the Aid and Attendance pension may also qualify if they can show a specific requirement for home care support.
If you or a loved one are considering the aid and attendance benefit, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination. Call today: 1-855-777-4693