One of the stipulations in the Aid and Attendance Benefit is that veterans need to be able to prove home care is absolutely necessary at this point in their life. While most commonly thought of for elderly veterans, it can be beneficial for veterans of any age, as long as they have a specific need for home care support.
So what does it mean to ‘need’ home care?
The veteran has difficulty maintaining daily tasks.
That can mean anything from bathing, toileting, preparing meals, getting to the store, going to a doctor’s appointment, or anything else. If a veteran has trouble getting up and down stairs, taking care of themselves, and maintaining a safe and healthy home environment, this could be defined as a specific need for home care support.
Their safety may be compromised.
If the veteran is putting himself or herself at unnecessary risk trying to get around on their own without any support, it can be a serious situation. When a person slips and falls, the risk of serious injury is prevalent. The older a person is, the greater the risk of injury.
If an elderly veteran, for example, is trying to get out of bed, even though he may feel stiff due to arthritis or some other situation, he might not be able to balance himself properly once his feet hit the floor. If he’s in socks or other slick material, he could topple to the floor in a second.
When safety is being compromised to this degree, a home care aide might be what he or she needs to get through the day without major injury.
If they can’t live without help.
If a person calls on assistance every single day because they simply have no other option, then that is a clear indication of the need for home care support services.
When the VA stipulates in the application for the Aid and Attendance Benefit that the veteran needs to prove home care is absolutely necessary, it may seem difficult to do at first. However, if a doctor has recommended home care support for any veteran, regardless of their age, that recommendation in itself could be more than enough proof.
Speak to the veteran’s doctor. Better yet, have the veteran speak to his or her doctor directly. Ask them to write a letter of recommendation stipulating the need for home care support for safety, quality of life, and well-being.