Not all VA benefits are available to all veterans. Some, like the Aid and Attendance Benefit, have very specific requirements for those who may be eligible to receive financial assistance. For veterans, regardless of age, if they require any type of home care, and if they don’t have solid financial resources to pay for it, they might want to consider looking into the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
This pension was developed following World War I.
Initially it was a way to help soldiers get the care they needed at home because of injuries and disabilities sustained in battle. It expanded through the years and now provides coverage to qualifying veterans, regardless of when they were injured or disabled.
An elderly veteran, for example, who is struggling to take care of himself because of diminished strength as a natural process of aging may be able to receive financial support pay for home care aide.
What are the qualifications for this pension?
First, a veteran needs to have served at least one day active duty during a time of ‘official combat.’ This means a veteran who served their first day of active duty on the last day of the official engagement of United States in the Korean War would qualify based on this provision.
Active combat is defined by the government as World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If the veteran served during the Gulf War, they need to have served at least two years active duty, otherwise it’s 90 days.
Second, a veteran needs to have limited financial resources. Their combined income and assets, not specifically including a primary residence (though this is determined on a case-by-case basis) cannot exceed $119,000. If the veteran is renting a house or apartment, if their pension barely covers their basic living expenses, they might want to look into this as a potential benefit.
Third, the veteran must prove home care is needed at this point in his or her life. This can be done in many different ways. If a doctor or other professional has recommended home care services, and if that professional is willing to write a letter of recommendation, that can go a long way toward proving to the review board that this is necessary right now.
A veteran, his or her dependents, including a spouse, or even widows of qualifying veterans may be eligible for the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
If you or an elderly loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in High Bridge, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.
Comfort Keepers of Flemington, New Jersey, has a team of eight support staff who will be your primary contacts and your advocates.
Nancy Hmieleski, R.N., C., B.S, is the Director of Nursing and supervises the Certified Home Health Aides (CHHA) that work out of the Comfort Keepers Flemington office. Pat Corlett, RN, is the Case Manager.
General Manager Rebecca Tenore, Client Care Coordinators; Suzanne M. White, Kelly Balodis, Christine Lehr, along with Office Assistant, Nancy Russell, are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year to answer your questions. You will hear a friendly voice no matter when you call.
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