You’re trying to figure out whether your elderly father would qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit. As a veteran, you know there are various pension programs available that can provide financial support to those in need. You know your father would benefit from a home care aide, but neither he nor you have the financial resources to pay for this type of support right now.
Here are a few things to keep in mind with regards to home care, financial assistance through the Aid in Attendance Benefit, and whether or not he may qualify for it.
Is home care absolutely necessary?
If your father would benefit from a home care aide, then he may qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, as long as his income and assets, time of service, and length of service would qualify for it as well.
Veterans need to be able to prove home care is absolutely necessary at this point in their lives in order to consider applying for the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
Time of service.
Your father needs to have served at least 90 days’ active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. If your father served any time during the Gulf War, he needs to have served at least two years’ active duty.
No, your father doesn’t need to have served in a forward combat situation, but his time of service needs to have overlapped an official time of active combat by at least one day, as defined by Congress. Official combat includes World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.
If your father is limited in his income and doesn’t have many assets aside from his house, he may want to look into the Aid and Attendance Benefit, especially if it’s clear that home care would be beneficial.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring veterans care, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™. Call today: 1-855-777-4693