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Three Commonly Overlooked Aspects of the Aid and Attendance Benefit

Care for Aging Veterans in Somerset County NJ

The Aid and Attendance Benefit is an incredible pension program made available through the VA that can help veterans receive home care services when it’s necessary. It’s available to veterans of all ages and they don’t need to have been injured or disabled during their time of service.Care-for-Aging-Veterans-in-Somerset-County-NJ

They do need to be able to prove that home care is absolutely necessary at this point in time. A doctor’s recommendation could do just that.

This particular pension, as with some others, may be confusing for some veterans, whether they’re considered elderly or not. Here are three commonly overlooked aspects of this particular pension that become instrumental in providing the type of support services they need.

Commonly Overlooked Aspect #1: It can take a long time to hear back.

Submitting an application for the Aid and Attendance Benefit is the first important step for veterans to take to begin receiving financial assistance to pay for home care services. However, due to a backlog at the VA, it could take upwards of nine months or even longer for some veterans to hear back whether they qualify for it.

There are various requirements involved in the application process that need to be met, but if a veteran is confident he or she qualifies, they should submit an application as soon as it’s clear they’ll need some type of extra care and support at home.

Commonly Overlooked Aspect #2: The VA is not often that helpful.

Many veterans admit that the VA is poorly operated and inefficient. They are understaffed and some of the staff members may not be very knowledgeable or well trained in various aspects, especially with regard to certain pensions.

Calling the VA for help answering various questions about the application for the Aid in Attendance Benefit may seem reasonable, but more often than not veterans wait on hold for hours, leave messages that are never returned, and that can delay them submitting the application.

That will delay them getting the help they need at home.

Commonly Overlooked Aspect #3: A ‘Day of Service.’

In order to qualify, veterans need to have served at least one day of their active duty during a time of official combat. This minimum of one day of service during a time of official combat can be confusing.

It doesn’t mean veterans have to have served in a forward combat situation. Their time of service needs to overlap an official time of combat, as defined by Congress. Loosely, this refers to World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Gulf War.

If a veteran has any questions about this or any other pension made available through the VA, they should be certain to clarify them as quickly as possible. This is an important pension that can help veterans receive proper care and support at home, but it’s just not going to be handed to them; they need to apply for it and follow up once the application is submitted.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional care for aging veterans in Somerset County, NJ, please talk to the caring staff at Generations Home Health Care today. Providing Home Care in Somerset, Essex, Union, Morris and Hunterdon Counties. Call us today at (908) 290-0691 or (973) 241-4534.

 

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Sue Myer

Susan is the Co-Owner of Generations Home HealthCare and has 35 years of business experience and entrepreneurship. For the last 10 years she has been a Registered Nurse working at St. Luke’s Hospital (Bethlehem, PA) in the Neuro/Trauma Unit and as a critical care nurse at Hunterdon Medical Center. She has a B.S. from Rutgers University and a BSN from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.Susan is currently in the process of obtaining her Master’s in Gerontology. Susan is married, has 2 children and 1.666 grandchildren.

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