In our business of homecare there is always some interesting information that we glean from our referral sources. One of the most important and useful we at Homewatch CareGivers have learned from elderlaw attorneys in our area concerns a veteran's benefit that is little known and even less accessed by those who are eligilble.
The VA's "Aid & Attendance Improved Pension" Program is an almost unknown opportunity provided by the Veteran's Administration to those who have served in the armed forces. In a nutshell, any War-Time Veteran with 90 days of active duty, 1 day beginning or ending during a period of War, is eligible to apply for the Aid & Attendance Improved Pension.
The program entitles all eligible veterans and their spouses up to $1,704 per month for the veteran, $1,094 per month to a surviving spouse, or $2,020 per month to a couple for homecare. AND, the need for homecare need NOT be related to either injury or illness incurred while on active duty.
There is an enormous amount of detail available on the web for insight into this veteran's opportunity. One of the best sites I can recommend gives you just enough food for thought. But at the end of the day there is still the need for action. For most, navigating the Veteran's Administration labyrinth causes the veteran unyielding frustration and worse, resignation. However, with the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney determining your rights and eligibility is well worth the time and cost.
Because aging at home is now the most desired option and though home care is the least costly of alternatives (compared to moving to an assisted-living facility or nursing home) the actual cost of senior care can be daunting. With a benefit such as the "Aid & Assistance Program", aging in place becomes a much brighter option for those who have served our country.