For aging veterans, getting the proper level of home care is important for many reasons. Elderly individuals may require assistance at home and, if they are wartime veterans age 65 or over or the surviving spouse of a veteran, they may be eligible for the VA’s Aid and Attendance Benefit.
If you have an elderly loved one who served in any branch of the US military, you may wonder whether they qualify for assistance to pay for home care. There are numerous pension programs that are designed to help the disabled as well as elderly veterans get the care they require at home. But Aid and Attendance is unusual.
The VA Aid and Attendance Benefit was mandated by Congress more than 60 years ago to provide assistance to military veterans of previous wars, who were aging and in need of care due to non service-connected disabilities.
An elderly veteran 65 years old or older, who served at least one day during a time of active combat, such as World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam conflict, or the Gulf War, would potentially qualify. They need to have served at least 90 days of active duty in one of the four major branches of the US military.
In order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance benefit, the elderly veteran would also require a form, completed by their doctor, explaining the need for home care, and they have to fall within a specific income threshold. There are certain individuals and organizations who promise to be able to move assets and other monies around to help the veteran qualify for the Aid and Attendance pension, but while this may be legal, Congress is working on a bill that could make this illegal.
If you believe that your loved one who requires home care may qualify for the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit, contact Veterans Home Care today to learn about the VetAssist® Program.
For more information and to learn about Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.