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The Cost of Home Care for Aging Veterans Could Be Offset by the Right Pension

Care for Aging Veterans in Salt Lake City, UT

Care-for-Aging-VeteransOne of the most common excuses people make to not consider the prospect of hiring a home care aide to help them out is the cost of it. For veterans and other seniors alike, the cost of home care may seem prohibitive. However, it is the most affordable senior care option available.

Not only is home care the most affordable option for seniors who may require some type of assistance, for veterans, if they served during an active time of combat, such as World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, or even the Gulf War, they may qualify for a particular pension that can help pay for all of it or at least a significant portion of it.

What is the Aid and Attendance Benefit?

The pension program we are talking about is known as the Aid and Attendance Benefit made available through the VA (Veterans Administration). This is a pension program that was developed following World War I as a way to help soldiers who were returning from that war get the proper support they needed due to injuries and disabilities sustained in battle.

It expanded through the years to cover home care support for seniors who have a specific need for some type of care at home.

Who qualifies for this pension?

In order to qualify, the veteran needs to have served at least 90 days of active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. At least one of those days of service need to have fallen during the aforementioned time of active combat. The veteran needs to have been honorably discharged from their service and for veterans 65 and over, they need to show a specific requirement for home care assistance. Veterans 65 and over don’t need to have been injured or disabled during their time of service in order to qualify for this pension.

Important information about this pension.

For aging veterans who may require some type of care at home, it’s important that they realize it can take nine months or even longer do find out if there application for the Aid and Attendance Benefit is approved. That’s why it’s important to begin the application process as soon as possible.

Even for veterans who may not qualify for this pension, there may be other financial benefits the VA can offer to help offset at least some of the cost of home care. Keep in mind, though, that a home care aide can be hired for just a couple of hours a day once a week if that’s all that’s needed to provide the support the aging veteran requires at this time.

If you or an aging loved one are considering care for aging veterans in Salt Lake City, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

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Michael Hawkins

Michael Hawkins was born and raised in Ogden, UT. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Political Science. After college he served for over 20 years as an Air Force officer returning home to serve his final assignment as an Air Force ROTC instructor at the University of Utah.

Michael and his wife Marlana; a registered nurse with over 20 years experience in oncology, home health & hospice; opened Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City in February 2014. We are committed to serving our Salt Lake community and proud of our team of loving, dedicated caregivers.

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