Veterans have served our country well and deserve the best care when it comes to their health needs in their golden years. Assisted Living and Memory Care are an integral part of aging and should be financially planned for early in life.
Fortunately for Veterans, there are programs to help soften the impact of paying for care. One of the most accessible programs for Veterans of foreign wars is often overlooked. With a little research, Veterans can avail themselves of the much needed aid and attendance assistance that is so generously provided for their care.
As with any assistance program, there are certain conditions that must be met in order to qualify for the veteran benefits. Here are a few guidelines
You may qualify for Aid and Attendance if you get a VA pension and you meet at least one of the requirements listed below:
At least one of these must be true :
You are 65 years or older
Have a permanent and total disability; You need another person to help you perform daily activities, like bathing, feeding, and dressing
You have to stay in bed – or spend a large portion of the day in bed – because of illness or
You are a patient in a nursing home due to the loss of mental or physical abilities related to a disability
Who can obtain this Aid?
There are two categories of Veterans who are eligible for Aid and Attendance assistance. They Are:
Qualified surviving spouses
How do I know if I am a qualified Veteran?
Knowing if you qualify for aid and attendance is the first step you will need to establish.The Department of Veterans Affairs website states:
“A Veteran who was discharged from service – NOT under dishonorable conditions,
Served 90 days or more of active military, naval or air service with at least 1 day during a period of war.”
List of Qualifying wars are:
Indian Wars January 1, 1817 through December 31, 1989
Spanish-American War April 21, 1898 through July 4, 1902
Mexican Border War May 9,1916 through April 5, 1917
World War I April 6, 1917 through November 11, 1918
World War II December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946
Korean Conflict June 27,1950 through January 31, 1955
Vietnam War Era February 28,1961 through May 7, 1975 Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam
Vietnam War Era August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975 Veterans who served outside the Republic of Vietnam
Persian Gulf War August 2, 1990,
Mail this application or fill out online – Examination for Housebound Status or Permanent Need for Regular Aid & Attendance
Permanent Need Examination
author Vivian Delgado is a team member at Evergreen Cottages Assisted Living Memory Care Community and works daily to improve the lives of residents with Alzheimer’s and other Dementias
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Last modified on Wednesday, 06 November 2019 00:35