Is your parent a Veteran in need of home care? Great news, the Aid and Attendance Program is an improved pension benefit offered by the Veterans Administration that can help pay for home care services. This relatively unknown program is available for Veterans and their spouses who require regular attendance to assist in their daily routines, including eating, bathing, dressing, undressing, and medication dosing, among others. The Aid and Attendance Program can also be used to aid those who are blind or in assisted living facilities due to mental or physical incapacity. Another benefit of this program is that it does not require a Veteran to have a service related injury to qualify since it is a pension benefit provided through the Veterans Administration. You can also use this program to help pay for home care services, allowing your parent to live independent in the comfort of their own home.
For those interested in the Aid and Attendance Program there are a variety of financial benefit levels you can receive. An eligible Veteran can receive up to $1,732 each month, or their surviving spouse can receive up to $1,113 each month. Also, a Veteran with a spouse is eligible for up to $2,054 each month. If their spouse is sick, that Veteran is eligible for up to $1,360 each month. These benefits can be used to help an aging Veteran pay for assisted living costs such as home care which can play a huge financial role in their well being. The amount your parent will receive is dependent on a number of factors which you can read through your application here.
One reason why this program is overlooked by many military families is because they think they don’t qualify. These families believe that the Aid and Attendance program does not pertain to Veterans who live independently even if they have a sick spouse at home. In this situation, if the medical expenses of their sick spouse completely depletes their combined monthly income, the Veteran can file as a Veteran with a sick spouse and still receive the financial benefits. It is recommended to file a claim if you are concerned of your eligibility in order to ensure you receive the proper benefits of the program.
If you are interested in learning more about the Aid and Attendance Program or want to check you or your parent’s eligibility, click the link here. Also contact us at FirstLight Home Care to learn how we can work with the Aid and Attendance Program to pay for your parent’s home care.