Is the Aid and Attendance Something to Consider for Short-Term Care?
Home Care for Veterans
A question that some veterans may have when looking into the Aid and Attendance Benefit because they have a specific need for home care support services is whether or not this is practical, something to actually look into and apply for, when only short-term care will be needed.
First, let’s talk about short-term and long-term care.
If a person has been hospitalized recently because they were injured in an accident, they may require long-term care, depending on the severity of the injuries. In most cases, though, that veteran is only going to require care on a short-term basis. If that’s the case, knowing that the application could take up to nine months or longer for approval, it stands to reason veterans would not even consider it for short-term home care options.
If, on the other hand, a veteran will require long-term care, something that could go on for months or even years, the Aid and Attendance Benefit could be instrumental in helping them remain within the comfort of their home, especially if things don’t improve in the future.
For veterans who will need care on an ongoing basis, the Aid and Attendance Benefit certainly makes sense. Is it practical for veterans to apply for the Aid and Attendance Benefit if they only anticipate short-term care?
The answer is yes. There are two reasons the answer to this question is yes. First, even if a veteran won’t require home care again in the future, it may be an extra financial burden for them to pay for it, even in the short term.
If they are approved for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, they may be able to receive reimbursement for the money they put out for a home care aide in the first place.
But, what would happen if the veteran assumes he or she would recover and no longer require any type of care, but then needs it? What if they come to realize they need somebody supporting them daily, every other day, or once a week for years into the future, maybe even for the rest of their life? Not applying for the Aid and Attendance Benefit now means they might have to wait even longer for approval.
Whenever a veteran who might qualify for this particular pension has a need for home care support, they should consider applying for this pension if they have limited financial means to pay for these services. It doesn’t matter whether it’s short-term or long-term care that’s needed.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring home care for veterans, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination. Call today: 1-855-777-4693