At some point in their life, a veteran may need home care support. This could be temporary, such as after major surgery or some injuries sustained in a trip and fall accident or some other mishap. If the veteran is on a limited income, such as through a pension, retirement portfolio, or disability, he or she may not see how it’s possible to afford home care services.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit is a pension program available to wartime veterans who may need some type of extra care and support at home. It’s not always easy dealing with the VA, and the sooner an application is submitted for this or some other pension program, the better it’s going to be for the veteran himself or herself.
Get the application.
A person may not be completely clear on whether they qualify for this particular pension, but if they’re inclined to believe they do, it should get the application as soon as possible. It might take a while for them to fill this application out.
They should never pay for help in filling out this or other applications for pensions through the VA, and if they do need assistance, there are plenty of nonprofit organizations that can help and that won’t charge for that level of assistance.
Make sure home care is needed.
The veteran should be clear on whether or not he or she needs home care at the moment. If they’re feeling lonely and would prefer somebody to stop by every other day for companionship, that’s not a documentable need that would help them qualify for this pension.
However, if a doctor has recommended home care services, that’s one way to prove it’s needed at this point in their life.
They should review the requirements.
Do they meet all the requirements? There’s time of service, length of service, the need for home care, and financial requirements. They should be clear on all of those requirements and make sure they qualify for them before submitting the application.
Finally, they should not delay.
It can take up to nine months and, in some situations, even longer for a veteran to hear back on an application for the Aid and Attendance Benefit. While the pension can offer reimbursement, the longer the veteran delays submitting the application, the longer it’s going to take them to begin receiving the financial support needed to pay for home care services.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in The Energy Corridor, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.
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