There may come a time when an older veteran will need assistance with basic personal care, regardless if he or she suffered and combat injury. For example, somebody in their 80s might need help with getting up and down stairs, meal preparation, or getting to and from appointments.
For some veterans, there are probably numerous misconceptions they have about home care support services. Some of those misconceptions can cause these veterans to discount the benefits they may be able to use.
Here are a few things that seniors, veterans and otherwise, should understand about home care and the support it can offer.
This is an affordable senior care option.
There’s nothing more affordable than hiring a home care aide. In fact, when a senior or veteran hires a home care aide for just two hours once or twice a week, that’s extremely affordable, especially if it is fully covered by a VA benefit.
For veterans who qualify, there’s a pension to help pay for it.
Qualifying veterans may be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Aid and Attendance Benefit. In order to qualify for this pension, the veteran needs to be considered a wartime veteran. That means he or she would need to have served at least one day of their active duty service during a time of official combat. Generally speaking, that would be World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.
For veterans to qualify for financial aid through one of these pensions to pay for home care, they need to be able to prove home care is needed and meet a specific income and asset requirements.
Needing to rely on home care may be a difficult thing for some people to accept, but it is one of the most important things a senior can do to be safe and maintain a high quality of life.