Aid and Attendance Benefit
There are many things that become increasingly difficult as a person gets older. Realizing that it’s time to turn over the keys and surrender their driver’s license is one of them. For an elderly veteran, especially one who may need some extra care at home, giving up that last bastion of independence can be overwhelming.
However, it’s not going to be necessary for everyone, but at some point in time it may be a good discussion to have, especially with an elderly loved one who served in the United States military.
Another topic to discuss is home care.
It’s often thought that home care is only necessary for seniors who can no longer get around on their own or who are dealing with a serious health issue. In reality, home care can be valuable for just about anyone who has some type of difficulty with their basic care or who lives alone and does not spend a lot of time around others.
For elderly veterans, home care can be a powerful asset to help them improve quality of life. There are certain pension programs that can help pay for home care, but in order to qualify for it, among other factors, is the fact that home care would need to be a specific requirement.
In other words, the veteran would need to be able to show that they require home care support to maintain safety, for their health, or for other similar factors.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit, made available to Veterans Affairs, can help pay for the necessity of home care for some veterans. In order to qualify for it, the veteran needs to have served at least 90 days of active duty service in one of the major branches of the United States military. At least one of their days of service needs to have fallen during a time of active combat, as defined by Congress. This would include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Gulf War. Currently, the active time of combat for the Gulf War begins in 1991 and does not have a closed end date.
If an elderly veteran has reached the point where it’s no longer safe for him to be behind the wheel of an automobile, it may also be unsafe for him to be on his own all the time at home. If that’s the case, the discussion for home care services has already passed, though it’s never too late to begin.
Is also time to look into the prospect of qualifying for the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
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