For aging veterans at home, it can become extremely difficult to perform even the most basic tasks of everyday life. These veterans and others may lean on family and friends for a while, but given enough time, that can be an overwhelming challenge.
Home care is one of the best options for these veterans.
Unfortunately, not all veterans will be able to afford home care. Depending on their age and circumstances, home care could be something they can’t think about because all income they have is going toward rent, mortgage, basic living expenses, utilities, and so on.
However, there are resources and options available. Many are not aware of the Aid and Attendance benefit. This is a pension program that was developed following World War I, initially to help soldiers get the care and support they needed at home.
Through the years this pension has expanded and now provides financial assistance to qualifying veterans to assist with home care costs.
What qualifications can veterans expect?
If a veteran is 65 or over, they must be able to prove, most commonly with a doctor’s recommendation, that home care support services are necessary at this point in their life. Their income and assets should meet a specific ratio and they must be considered a ‘wartime veteran’. To be considered a ‘wartime veteran’ they must have served at least one day during a time of war.
This means is their active duty service needs to have overlapped a time in which the United States was officially engaged in combat by at least one day.
For those veterans who served any time during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam Conflict, their minimum time of service has to be 90 days total. For those who served any time during the Persian Gulf War, their minimum time service needs to have been two years.
Home care is an asset for those who may struggle with activities of daily living. The Aid and Attendance benefit program makes it possible for at many of these aging or disabled veterans to get the care and support they need.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring home care for veterans, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™. Call today: 1-855-380-4400
Under Kyle's leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.
In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal's prestigious "40 Under 40" list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the "100 St. Louisans to Know" in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013 Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the "Top 20" small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.
Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans' benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home Care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, MO with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.
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