Veterans, like anyone else, will get older and as they do they may face increasing challenges with their physical capabilities, health, and other factors. This may make it necessary to rely on home care support at some point in time.
Some veterans don’t think it’s ever going to be necessary.
Veterans have gone through boot camp, extreme physical training, and other processes that help them become well disciplined and independent individuals. Many of these veterans are fiercely independent and never think they’re going to require assistance of any kind.
In fact, a lot of veterans will go above and beyond what they’re capable of doing, even to help others in need. It becomes difficult for some of these veterans to understand just how challenging it may be for them in the future. They may have a tough time thinking about relying on home care support.
Will it be necessary?
Not always. Not every person who reaches their 70s, 80s, or 90s is going to require the support of a home care aide. But then again, not every veteran who reaches that age is going to be able to take care of themselves in a safe and healthy manner, either.
That means it may very well be possible for veterans to need home care support services. But what happens if that veteran in need is on a limited income and doesn’t have a lot of assets? Assets can often be used to help pay for various medical and other support services.
If a veteran is limited on how much money they bring in every month, either through a pension, Social Security, or other payments and don’t have a lot of assets, if they are considered a wartime veteran they may qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
This pension can be instrumental at paying for home care.
This pension was developed following World War I to help returning soldiers get the proper care and support they needed at home. It expanded through the years to provide financial assistance to veterans of all ages, but they need to be considered wartime veterans.
What does it mean to be a wartime veteran?
The veteran needs to have served at least 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military with at least one of their days of service falling during a time of official combat, which includes World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If the veteran served any time during the Gulf War, their minimum time of service needs to be two years.
It’s advisable to be aware of this pension and the possibility that home care may be necessary in the future, no matter how strong and independent the veteran may be at the moment.
Have questions about veterans home care in Oahu, HI? Contact the caring staff at All Care Hawaii today. Call Oahu (808) 206-8409 or Maui (808) 664-3853. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
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