For veterans who have been receiving some type of VA disability through the years, it will likely be a percentage, like 50%, 60%, or 70%, for example. Some veterans inaccurately assume that once they reach a certain age their benefits will automatically kick up to 100%. That’s simply not the case.
These benefits are determined based on disability.
It is not easy to change the classification for a veteran, even one who may, at some point in time, require the support of a home care aide, visiting nurse, or other professional. Just because they turn 70, for example, doesn’t mean they’re now going to be eligible for an increase in their VA disability benefits.
They might need to look into some other pension program.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit is a pension that was developed by the Veteran’s Administration following World War I as way to help soldiers get the care they needed due to injuries sustained in battle. It expanded through the years and now provides coverage for veterans of all ages, whether they were injured or disabled during active duty service or not. In order to qualify, a veteran needs to have served at least 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military, with at least one day overlapping an official time of combat, as defined by Congress.
They must also be able to show that home care is absolutely necessary at this point in their life. A letter of recommendation for home care services by their primary care physician is one of the most effective ways to prove this.
Finally, a veteran’s combined income and assets cannot exceed $119,000, which is the current threshold set forth by the Veteran’s Administration.
Even if a veteran has been turned down for other pensions due to income or criteria, they may still be eligible for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, so it’s important not to simply dismiss this pension as an implausible option because they were denied other pensions through the VA.
If a veteran truly needs the support of a home care aide and can’t afford it based on their current income (which could include Social Security, VA disability, a pension from their previous employer, etc.), and they don’t have many assets available, and if they are considered a wartime veteran, they might want to consider looking into the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for aging veterans in Quincy, 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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