Qualifying for and receiving financial assistance through the VA’s Aid and Attendance Benefit can be a tremendous relief for some veterans. If a veteran, regardless of age, is having difficulty taking care of themselves, and if they served any time of active duty during official combat, as defined by Congress, they might be eligible to receive assistance through this pension.
It’s important to note that a veteran does not need to have fought in a forward combat situation in order to qualify. Their time of service simply needs to have overlapped a period of official combat, as defined by Congress, which includes World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.
For those veterans who qualify, what are the funds to be used for?
This pension is specifically designed to provide financial assistance to pay for home care support services. Hiring a home care aide, visiting nurse, or another service to help them with basic tasks of everyday life is what it was designed for.
It is not intended to be used for anything else, including home improvements.
Yes, there may be certain improvements an aging veteran could make to improve safety and even quality of life for him or her at home, such as installing a stair lift, grab bars, or even a wheelchair ramp, but the Aid and Attendance Benefit financial assistance is intended to be used specifically and solely for home care support.
Hiring a home care aide can provide safety and comfort.
For those who may have difficulty getting around, who may be limited in their mobility, strength, or confidence to take care of themselves in a safe and healthy manner, having somebody there at the house with them, perhaps for a couple of hours in the morning, a couple of hours in the evening, or for a longer length of time throughout the day, it can offer comfort and reassurance.
Some people will call on family and friends for help, but nothing is more valuable than an experienced home care aide. These caregivers, especially those who work for agencies, offer flexibility, incredible support, and can help improve quality of life and safety for each of their clients, including veterans, whether they are in their 30s, 60s, 90s, or somewhere in between.
For those veterans who believe they might be eligible for financial assistance through this pension, they should fill out the application as soon as possible because it could take several months to receive approval.
If you or a loved one are considering assistance with the VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™.
Call today: 1-855-380-4400