Aging veterans, just like other seniors, can learn a great deal about the value in home care support services. It’s important to realize that home care is a valuable asset, but some veterans may have a difficult time paying for it. For veterans who qualify, there is a pension that can provide financial assistance for home care services.
This is called the Aid and Attendance Benefit. It is available to veterans, whether they were injured or disabled during their time of service or not, but in order to qualify, they need to be considered a ‘wartime veteran.’ This means at least one day of their active duty service needs to have fallen during an official time of combat, as defined by Congress.
There are other stipulations and requirements that must be met in order to qualify, but for those veterans who may not have thought much about home care, here are three things many older veterans ultimately realize about the value of these services.
First, it is a great option.
A lot of people think of it as highlighting their loss of independence, inability to take care of themselves, or something else. In reality, though, many of these same veterans realize it is a wonderful option.
Not only does it mean they no longer have to require family or friends to support them, but they can also be much more independent, still doing many activities they thought they had to give up.
Second, there is financial assistance available.
As mentioned, the Aid and Attendance Benefit is one of the most important pensions for veterans who can’t afford home care on their own. A veteran would need to be able to prove home care is necessary at this point in his or her life and also meet certain financial requirements, such as having combined income and assets not exceeding $119,000.
Third, it can offer relief to family caregivers.
Whether it’s a spouse, adult child, sibling, or somebody else in the family who is acting as their primary caregiver, that can create a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. Relying on home care support, especially through an agency, can offer great relief to those family caregivers.
The more veterans realize the value in home care support, the more they understand that this is something to seriously consider. If they are limited in their income and don’t seem to have the financial resources to pay for a home care aide, they might want to consider the Aid and Attendance Benefit, if they think they’ll qualify.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care for aging veterans in Elizabeth, NJ, call the caring staff at Helping Hands Home Care today at 908-418-4299. Providing Home Care Services in all of Northern and Central NJ, including Clark, Westfield, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Rahway, Linden, Summit, Edison, Elizabeth, Mountainside and the surrounding areas.
Thus, Robert had found his passion. After almost a year of preparation Robert opened Helping Hands Homecare in 2003. Robert wanted Helping Hands Homecare to focus on providing the highest quality of caregivers, exceptional customer service, and providing a service that familys could depend on in their time of need. Since then Helping Hands has assisted hundreds of individuals with the simplest of needs to more complex cases while preserving those standards set out many years ago.
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