Home Care for Veterans
When veterans of all ages have difficulty tending to their own basic care, it could be due to injuries, health issues, age, and other factors. Some of these veterans may be on limited incomes due to pensions, disability, or other sources. When they don’t have a lot of extra money every month, even the notion of hiring a home care aide can seem almost laughable.
After all, how could somebody even think about hiring a home care provider if they barely have enough to cover the rent, mortgage, utilities, food, and maybe even prescription medications?
One of the most common pieces of advice veterans of all ages seek out when needing home care services is how they can possibly pay for it.
That’s where the Aid and Attendance Benefit can play an important role.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit is a pension made available through the VA that was developed following World War I as way to help soldiers returning from battle get care at home. They may have been dealing with physical injuries or emotional trauma, which was then known as the shell shock. Through the years, it has become known as post-traumatic stress disorder.
This pension program, the Aid and Attendance Benefit, also expanded and now provides financial support to veterans of all ages, from all walks of life, who may have difficulty tending to their own basic care at home.
Why learning about this pension is so important.
There are an estimated 23 million veterans living in the United States right now (US News). Fewer than 1 million are taking advantage of this particular pension, or the Homebound pension, which is instrumental in helping them pay for home care support services.
Many veterans simply are not aware of the Aid and Attendance Benefit because, unless they actually need some type of support and care at home, they wouldn’t even consider looking into something like this.
It’s true that not every veteran will qualify for this pension. There is time of service requirements that need to be met, when they served that becomes important (such as during a time of active combat, according to Congress), and income and asset threshold limits that need to be met.
If a veteran is on a very limited income and doesn’t have a tremendous amount of assets, aside from their primary house, for example, they should look into this particular pension. It could be the only way they will afford the home care support they need.
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