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Applying for Aid and Assistance for Home Care for Aging Veterans

Help for Aging Veterans in Indianapolis, IN

Veterans Home CareMany aging veterans cope with physical, mobility, and cognitive needs that make it difficult and unsafe for them to live alone without assistance. With home care for aging veterans, however, aging in place is made safer, healthier, and more comfortable. Getting assistance through the VA Aid and Assistance program makes it possible for elderly adults who have served their country during wartime to get help paying for the attentive, one-on-one care they need and deserve.

The Aid and Assistance program through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs is designed to help veterans aged 65 years of older who served at least one day during recognized wartime pay for home care to help with their daily needs. This program offers benefits to ensure these seniors who gave so much of their time and themselves to protect the country are given the same care as they age.

If your elderly parent is a veteran and would benefit from home care, the first step in getting him benefits to pay for this care is applying for Aid and Assistance. This process can be confusing, so use these tips to help guide you through the process:

Gather all necessary information before starting. You need a considerable amount of information to apply for home care for aging veterans pensions. Having all of this information on hand before beginning the application makes the process smoother. Collect these documents before filing:

  • Discharge papers
  • Marriage certificate and all information about the marriage and the spouse
  • Death certificate if you are applying for benefits for the surviving spouse of a veteran
  • Copy of this year’s Social Security award letter
  • Information pertaining to net worth, including CDs, trusts, bank account information, investments, annuities, pensions, retirement payments, interest, bonds, and more
  • A copy of any court orders giving you guardianship or Power of Attorney for the aging veteran
  • Physician statement declaring medical status, current diagnoses, ability of the veteran to care for himself, and potential for improvement or worsening
  • Records of doctor and hospital visits within the last year

Fill out the application carefully. Take your time working with your senior veteran to fill out the entirety of the application. Providing inaccurate or incomplete information causes delays and denial of benefits so be sure you answer every question honestly and thoroughly.

Ask for help. The application process can be complex, time-consuming, and confusing. Assistance is available through the VA and other agencies to help you understand what they application is asking and what type of information to provide. Get in touch with your elder care agency to ask about veteran agents who can guide you through the application.

Mail your application “Return Receipt”. If you are mailing your application rather than turning it in in person, be sure to mail it with delivery confirmation so you know for sure it has arrived at the VA.

Be patient. The average processing time for an application is 5 to 9 months. Be patient as the application is processed and be ready to provide additional information if your benefits are denied the first time.

The professionals at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. Great Care is a non medical in-home care agency providing quality and affordable senior care in Indianapolis, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (888) 240-9101 for more information.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com