Veterans, like other Americans, often face challenges, especially as they age. For some of these men and women who served, they may not believe it’s possible to afford in home care support, especially if they are overly reliant upon a pension, Social Security, or other retirement income. If they don’t have many assets and little money left over at the end of each month, the idea of paying for a home care aide is not feasible.
There are two key pensions programs the VA offers for qualifying veterans to pay for in home care support. One is known as the Aid and Attendance Benefit and the other is the Homebound pension. Unfortunately, for some of those veterans who hear about these and believe they’d qualify, applying and being approved for these pensions are not always easy.
As reported by Sean Mooney for KVOA in the news blog, 4 Your Health: Home health care benefits for veterans:
“Now in his 90’s, Daniel has lived in Tucson since 1971. Over the last few years, with his declining health, taking care of him at home was become more difficult for his wife. Then through a friend of her husband, Connie heard about benefits through the Veterans Administration that provided for home health care for veterans. She says while it took some persistence, it was well worth the effort to get the kind of care her husband now receives.
“Never take no, we can’t do those services”, said Connie Daniel, “There’s always a next step, there’s always a next person or a next part of the veteran’s association that will say okay, let’s relook at this, let’s rethink it.””
The value of these pension programs cannot be quickly and easily determined, especially since most of these men and women won’t know just how long they’ll require in home care support. For veterans who need prolonged, long-term care that carries on for years and years, it could equal hundreds of thousands of dollars.
While many people have a tendency to lean on family and friends during a relatively brief period of time in which they’re struggling with daily tasks, dealing with permanent disabilities or the natural process of aging can make this less practical the longer help is required. This is one reason why the Aid and Attendance and Homebound pensions are such valuable resources for those who served their country, at least for 90 days and with a minimum of one day of service overlapping a time of ‘official’ combat, as defined by Congress.
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