VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit
There are many misconceptions people have about home care support for aging veterans and other seniors. It’s important not to buy into these various misconceptions because that can lead to certain mistakes or missed opportunities.
For example, a family that discouraged their aging father for even considering a home care aide left that senior alone without any support whatsoever. It wasn’t long before he found himself on the ground having fallen without being able to reach the phone. It was more than 48 hours before somebody came to check on him and by that time, everything had changed.
Below are some other facts that are easily overlooked that can highlight the value of home care support for elderly veterans and other seniors.
Commonly Overlooked Fact #1: Home care is the most affordable option.
For seniors that want to remain at home, home care is the most affordable option. Many people have a tendency to try and support their aging parents or other family members themselves, but without a consistent schedule or the right level of experience, there are going to be many missed opportunities.
Compared to other options, though, home care is highly affordable.
Commonly Overlooked Fact #2: The Aid and Attendance Benefit can help.
For veterans who may qualify, the Aid and Attendance Benefit, made available through Veterans Affairs, can provide more than $2,000 a month in some situations which can be used to pay for home care. The veteran would need to have served at least 90 days of active duty service in one of the major branches of the United States military, with at least one of those days falling during a time of active combat.
There are other stipulations, but for those who qualify, it can be a great asset to help them afford the home care support they need.
Commonly Overlooked Fact #3: More seniors today prefer to ‘age in place.’
This means they want to remain within the comfort of their home as opposed to going to a nursing home, assisted-living facility, or anywhere else.
For the senior who wants to age in place, the best first step is to learn as much as possible about home care, the benefits it offers, and then encourage the senior to consider this great option.