The Basics of the Aid and Attendance Pension for Veterans
The Aid and Attendance Benefit is a pension available through the VA, for qualifying veterans and their surviving spouses. It can be very instrumental in assisting to pay for home care services.
Why would a veteran or their spouse need home care support?
Veterans of all ages can face challenges in life. Younger veterans might have been injured or disabled during some kind of accident or mishap, either during their time of service or outside of it. If they require assistance with mobility or other issues at home, they might have a tendency to rely on family members or friends, but a home care aide can be an invaluable asset.
When veterans or their spouses are limited in their income and assets, it may be extremely difficult to even consider paying for home care support services. That’s where the Aid and Attendance Benefit, and Veterans Care Coordination, comes into play.
It’s available for wartime veterans.
In order to qualify for this pension, the individual needs to be considered a wartime veteran. This basically means at least one day of their active duty service needs to have fallen during a time of official combat. Generally speaking, official combat is defined by Congress as World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the Gulf War.
Time of service.
Veterans need to have served at least 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. If they served any active duty during the Gulf War, they need to a served two years at a minimum.
The need for home care support.
Veterans need to be able to prove that home care support is necessary at this point in their life. It’s sometimes difficult to do that, but if a doctor has recommended they receive or rely on home care aides or other caregivers, that can be a great way to prove this is necessary right now.
Limited income and assets.
At the moment, the income and asset threshold limit, combined, is $80,000. If the veteran’s basic monthly income and assets do not exceed $80,000, they may be able to rely on the Aid and Attendance Benefit to help pay for the home care support they need right now. That is not including their house, and one car. Additionally, their medical expenses should exceed their monthly income.
If veterans hear about this particular pension, or any other for that matter, but don’t qualify for or need it, it’s highly recommended they spread the word so all veterans can be aware of the support systems that are in place to help.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring home care for veterans, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™. Call today: 1-855-380-4400