It’s easy to become discouraged about getting help when you feel all alone and don’t have much money. For some elderly, if they’re on a limited income, they may feel the idea of hiring a home care aide or getting of the support necessary to stay safe is completely out of the question.
Learning about available financial aid could change their outlook and may be one of the only ways they will seriously consider getting on home care support.
Many people don’t realize there is a VA pension available—and it’s available to wartime veterans and their surviving spouses!
Low-income, wartime veterans and their surviving spouses are eligible for a pension through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and it could cover the cost of home care and other things to help an elderly person live at home safely. A surviving spouse is a person who is a widow or widower of a wartime veteran who was married to the veteran at the time of the veteran’s death.
Seniors should be encouraged to learn about the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
This pension is made available through the VA. It can provide financial support for veterans and surviving spouses who qualify to pay for home care services. Many veterans, especially those who were not injured during the war or those who did not fight in combat, think there are no options available for them to pay for a professional caregiver or other services. If they are considered a wartime veteran, served at least 90 days active duty (two years minimum if they served any time during the Gulf War), and can prove they need home care support, they may qualify for a VA pension with an extra amount for Aid and Attendance.
A VA Pension is not welfare or charity.
Many veterans and their families have a proud tradition of helping those in need and feel uncomfortable about accepting help from the VA. However, they need to understand that a VA pension with Aid and Attendance is not charity. It’s a benefit for their wartime service to our country.
Simply having a conversation can help people see things from new perspectives.
Many veterans are unaware of the veteran pension and survivor pension with Aid and Attendance that can cover the cost of home care. Many friends or family of veterans don’t realize there are VA benefits available. By researching what’s available and sitting down and discussing this topic with seniors who many qualify, they could have their outlook on home care completely altered.
They may begin to realize just how beneficial it could be at not just offering them comfort and safety, but helping them enjoy the things in life they thought they had to give up a long time ago.
Our VetAssist® Program can help you apply for the VA’s Aid and Attendance benefit and access the home care you need. For more information and to learn about The VetAssist Program, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.
Now with offices from coast to coast and a network of more than 2,400 home care providers, Veterans Home Care serves our veterans in 44 states throughout the country.
In addition to growing Veterans Home Care to become the largest provider of its kind, Bonnie is a member of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle, a national society of women leaders. Bonnie also serves as Chairperson for the American Red Cross Service Armed Forces Committee.
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