There could be a number of reasons why some disabled veterans don’t get proper care and support at home.
Aid and Attendance Benefit: A person who has been completely disabled will be dependent on family or friends in many cases to just get up out of bed, go to the bathroom, take a shower, visit their doctor, go shopping, prepare a meal, and so on. There are three ways some disabled veterans benefit from home care and the Aid and Attendance benefit, which is a pension made available through the VA, but it’s not available to all veterans.
The individual needs to be considered a wartime veteran, meaning he or she served at least one day of their active duty service during a time in which the United States was officially engaged in combat.
Three ways that qualifying disabled veterans can benefit from the Aid and Attendance pension and, specifically, home care support.
1. It helps to ease the strain on a family.
Some disabled veterans feel as though their daughter, son, spouse, a sibling is taking on too much work looking after them. They may feel bad and wish there was something they could do differently. However they understand without that support, they wouldn’t be able to function independently.
With the Aid and Attendance benefit, qualifying veterans could receive financial assistance to pay for home care aides and caregivers. This can either completely replace a family caregiver or supplement the care that friends and family offer, allowing them to focus on a personal relationship rather than a professional one.
2. It may lead to less discomfort regarding ‘personal’ matters.
For example, a grown man having to rely on his daughter or sister for help going to the bathroom or taking a shower could find that to be an uncomfortable situation. The person helping may dismiss those concerns as being “no big deal,” but regardless of how much time passes, it can still be an uncomfortable situation.
Qualifying for Aid and Attendance benefits could mean hiring a professional caregiver instead, at least for these personal, intimate matters.
3. It can enable the veteran to feel more independent.
Over time, a veteran may need to call their child, spouse, sibling, or friends to help with what may be best described as routine matters. They feel more dependent on those individuals and as time passes, more at the mercy of that person’s schedule.
Being able to hire a professional home care agency to help may just allow that disabled veteran the opportunity to feel more independent and, therefore, enjoy a higher quality of life.