Veterans Benefit and Elder Care Costs

How aid and attendance can help you.

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Many veterans and their spouses are unaware of a benefit they are entitled to that could help them pay for care as they age, says Certified Elder Law Attorney Denise N. Yurkofsky. While the Aid and Attendance benefit is extremely helpful, there are strict eligibility requirements regarding income, assets, need and service.

The Aid and Attendance Benefit

  • The Aid and Attendance benefit -- up to nearly $2000 a month -- can help veterans receive services that could make a significant difference in their lives, says Yurkofsky. Some veterans qualify for a full benefit; others for a partial benefit.
  • The benefit covers both home care and assisted living or nursing home costs. Spouses of eligible veterans can also receive this benefit, but will qualify for less money than the actual veteran.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Wartime veterans who entered service on or before Sept. 8, 1980, must have had "at least 90 days of active military service," at least one of which must have been during wartime, and not have been dishonorably discharged.
  • Those who entered wartime service after Sept. 8, 1980, must have had at least 24 continuous months of service, and not have been dishonorably discharged.
  • In addition, there are strict requirements as to income, assets and need -- the veteran or surviving spouse must not be able to care for him- or herself and must need regular personal assistance.
  • But the Department of Veterans Affairs encourages even veterans whose income is too high to qualify for a monthly VA pension to apply for Aid and Attendance if they have high medical costs for which they don't receive reimbursements.

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Ronnie Friedland is an editor at Care.com. She has co-edited three books on parenting and interfaith family life.

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Comments (6)
Eva Centofanti
I am 85 years and widow, I have 3 children . and have 2 house both are
on my name only,I would like to add their name at my estate
can you tell me how much will cost me? I appreciate for you help.
Posted: March 04, 2014 at 9:21 PM
Member Care
Hi Nancy,

Caregivers on the site are encouraged to be as detailed as possible in their profiles, and to state all of their current qualifications/certifications. If it is not explicitly stated in their profile whether they have the qualifications that you are looking for, I recommend requesting that information directly through a private message.

Additionally, as someone who is looking to hire a caregiver, posting a job can be very helpful. In your job post you can specify exactly what it is that you are looking for, including any qualifications you require from your employee. That way, caregivers in your area who meet your expectations can respond to your position.

I hope this helps and wish you the best of luck finding the ideal caregiver for your family!
Posted: September 05, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Nancy H.
I have been looking online to find a senior care provider for my parents in Nebr. the profiles do not indicate if they are bonded and/or insured. How do I go about finding that info?
Posted: September 03, 2013 at 7:22 PM
Patricia S.
This article grossly oversimplifies the qualifications one needs to apply for this benefit. This is an overly vague treatment of a very complex subject.
Posted: March 30, 2012 at 1:26 PM
amy
My father is an 83 year old veteran and meets all your requirements as far as I can see. I am looking for home care to assist him. How would I go about helping him through your program? He is not needing a nursing home but does need some help at home.
Thank You
Posted: November 13, 2011 at 8:55 AM
cautrey
Senior Care Associates has consulted with thousands of families all across the USA to show them how they can qualify for the Aid and Attendance pension. We are showing families who live at home, in assisted living or a nursing facility how the Aid and Attednacne pension will assist with their cost of care. A tax free psneion worht $1,056-$1,949 a month directly deposited into their bank account. http://www.seniorcareassociates.com
Posted: March 17, 2011 at 1:17 PM
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