Aid and Attendance: Helping Veterans Pay for Home Care
2017 Benefit Updates!
Are you a veteran in need of home care assistance but cannot currently afford it? We may be able to help! The Aid and Attendance Pension benefit is one of the most underutilized VA benefits every year, and you may qualify!
What are the Maximum Annual Benefits*?
- Surviving spouse of a veteran: $14,379
- Surviving spouse with one dependent: $17,006
- Veteran with no dependents: $21,531
- Veteran with one dependent: $25,525
How Do I Qualify for Aid and Attendance?
An individual wanting to qualify for this benefit will need to demonstrate a financial need and show that he or she is housebound or in regular need of caregiving services. In addition, these five conditions must be met.
- The veteran was discharged from service under any condition other than dishonorable.
- The veteran served at least 90 days of active military service, one (1) day of which was during a wartime period:
- Mexican Border Period (May 9, 1916 – April 5, 1917 for Veterans who served in Mexico, on its borders or adjacent waters.)
- World War I (April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918)
- World War II (December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946)
- Korean conflict (June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955)
- Vietnam era (February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 for
- Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period; otherwise August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975)
- Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – through a future date to be set by law or the Presidential Proclamation)Source: US Department of Veterans Affairs
- The claimant is 65 or older, or is permanently and totally disabled.
- The claimant’s total countable family income is below an annual limit set by law. (Most medical or care expenses including home care, nursing home and assisted living will reduce net income if you qualify medically.)
- The VA determines the claimant’s household net worth isn’t excessive. (Excessive net worth is designated on a case-by-case basis.)
How Do I Apply for Aid and Attendance?
The Aid and Attendance application process can be extensive, but it’s worth the time and energy – $14,397 to $25,525 a year can go a long way toward providing necessary care. At Preferred Care at Home, we can point you to free help applying..
To learn more about Aid and Attendance or our services, please contact us today to experience the Preferred Care at Home difference.
*Figures are from the Veteran’s Administration as of 12/01/2016
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