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When Should You Begin Applying for Home Care for an Aging Veteran?

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Home care can be beneficial to any veteran of any age who may have difficulty tending to their own basic care at the moment. It could be temporary (just as long as they need support during a recovery from major surgery or injuries) or long-term, especially for seniors.

The Aid and Attendance Benefit through the VA is a pension program that can provide financial support to aging veterans who need home care. This can be the difference between accepting outside assistance and having to struggle relying on family members, friends, and maybe even some neighbors.

There are a number of stipulations in order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, including having served at least 90 days of active duty service in one of the major branches of the United States military, at least one of those days of active duty service having to fall during a time of active combat, such as World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, in the Gulf War, and being honorably discharged from service.

There are also some differences for veterans under the age of 65 and those 65 and over. All that being said, a veteran needs to show a clear need for home care services before they can begin applying for the pension.

The Veterans Administration requires specific recommendations for home care, usually from a primary doctor for the elderly veteran. This means if the elderly veteran’s doctor doesn’t believe home care support is ideal at this time, they would not qualify for the pension program itself.

The Catch-22 of this particular pension.

In order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, the veteran needs to be able to show a specific requirement for home care, but it can take nine months or longer to have an application move through the system and be approved.

That can create high levels of stress and anxiety for the senior and/or his or her family members and friends. Worrying about somebody who obviously needs some type of support care at home and waiting for financial assistance to pay for it can be difficult, to say the least.

What many seniors don’t realize, though, is home care is incredibly affordable. Once that doctor’s recommendation is received and the application is submitted, there’s no reason the veteran can’t hire a home care aide for just two hours a day once or twice a week to at least get some level of support on a consistent basis.

The sooner an elderly veteran fills out the application for the Aid and Attendance pension, the sooner he may begin receiving financial assistance to pay for this type of home care.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Tallahassee FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

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Brian Moran

Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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