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When to Begin the Aid and Attendance Application for Veterans in Need of Home Care Support

Care for Aging Veterans in Terrell TX

Care for Aging Veterans Veterans may be eligible for certain pension programs that can help them pay for certain services. One of those pensions that can be used to pay for home care aides or other providers is the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
This particular pension was developed following World War I to help soldiers get proper care and support at home following injuries sustained in battle. These injuries could have been physical, but they may have also been emotional, which was then referred to as the shell shock. Today, that mental health condition is known as post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Aid and Attendance Benefit expanded through the years and now provides support to veterans of all ages, whether they were injured or disabled during their time of service or not. In order to qualify, certain qualifications need to be met and a specific requirement for home care support needs to be proven. In other words, the veteran needs to show in the application they absolutely need support and assistance at home right now.

Having the application approved or even reviewed for the Aid and Attendance Benefit can take many months. In some cases, it can take nine months or even longer to hear back on an application for this particular pension program.

If a veteran requires financial support to even consider hiring a home care aide right now, that can be a difficult situation to be in. Some veterans may not even consider applying for it if they assume the need for care and support is only going to be temporary.

These veterans should be encouraged to fill out the application anyway because the VA may provide reimbursement for services rendered while the application was pending.

The veteran should not wait.

If there is any need for home care support services, whether it is expected to be long-term or just for a few months following a hospitalization or injuries, they should fill out an application for this particular pension if they believe they would qualify for it.

Veterans need to have served at least 90 days active duty with one day of service overlapping a time of active combat. Active combat, as defined by Congress, would include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If a veteran served any time active duty during the Gulf War, they need to have served at least two years active duty.

The main focus here is to get that application started as soon as possible.

If you or an aging loved one are considering care for aging veterans in Terrell, TX, please contact the caring staff at Visiting Angels. Call today: (972) 588-4534.

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William Butler

For 30 years I managed facilities. My first employer was Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman. This campus began as a 50 bed hospital. During the 12 years I worked there we added a Professional building and increased the bed count to 99 beds. We also added a Building for Trinity Valley Community College to teach nursing. My next employer was El Centro College where I started out managing a 369,374 sq. ft. college campus. Over the years we purchased an office building of 172,156 sq. ft. which we remodeled and moved our nursing program into. In addition to that I was given responsibility for 128,858 sq. ft. where we taught vocational programs. We then designed and built a 34,600 sq. ft. building as a satellite campus and finally I was given responsibility over a 37,888 sq. ft. office building for a grand total of 742,896 sq. ft.

In 2012 while still working at the college my wife of 45 years began to develop Alzheimer’s. She had always expressed the desire to remain in our home if something like this happened. I began to think of the various ways that I could fulfill her wish. After a great deal of deliberation our daughter and I decided that opening a Visiting Angels Franchise would be the best option. In August of 2013 we went to training and came home with a great deal of enthusiasm. We have been up and running for close to two years now and we have helped so many people that have the same desire as my wife. They have many different stories but they all have one thing in common they want to spend their last days in familiar surroundings with the memories of a life time.