What is the Aid and Attendance Pension?
The Veterans Benefits Administration, a branch of the VA, offers tax-free, monthly monetary payments to certain wartime veterans with financial need, and their survivors. The Pension is a benefit for veterans who do not have a service-connected disability resulting from their military service.
Aid and Attendance is an additional monetary amount that can be added to the VA’s Pension. The enhanced Aid and Attendance amount is available for those who need the “aid and attendance” of another person for their routine daily living activities on a permanent basis.
In order to qualify for VA Aid and Attendance benefits, you must meet following ‘4M’ criteria:
Criteria to Receive Veterans Home Care Through VA Aid & Attendance Benefits
- Military Service
- Medical Needs
- Monetary Limits (Limited Asset and income)
- Marriage (Surviving spouse)
- Must have atleast 90 days of Active Duty (doesn’t require in a combat role)
- Atleast one of those 90 days should be during a war period. See below for war periods as defined by VA
- Received other than dishonorable discharge
- Over 65 years of age
- Documented medical need, needing assistance with activities of daily living (some examples: can’t drive, can’t hear, limited mobility, chronic illness etc)
- Low income (qualified expenses can be counted towards reducing your income, for example medical expenses)
- Total assets should be less than $158,000
- Personal assets (including primary home, car) are not counted towards asset limit
- Surviving spouse must be married to the Veteran at the time of Veteran’s death
VA Defined War Periods
- World War II: December 7, 1941-December 31, 1946
- Korean Conflict: June 27, 1950-January 31, 1955
- Vietnam Era: August 5, 1964-May 7, 1975 Veterans who served February 28, 1961-August 5, 1964, must have served “in country” (Vietnam)
- Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990- date to be prescribed by Presidential Proclamation or law. Must have served active duty for two years or the full period of which the veteran was called for active duty
Depending upon your qualifications, you may receive upto 100 hours of care each month.
What Services Are Covered under Veterans Home Care through VA Aid and Attendance Benefits?
Qualified Veterans can receive following services under our Veteran’s home care program:
- Personal Hygiene like Bathing, Dressing & Grooming, Incontinence Care
- Light Housekeeping
- Meal Preparation
- Caring Companionship
- Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, Cancer Care, After Surgery Care, Stroke Patient Care, Medication Reminders
- Transportation for Appointments, Running Errands
Do Spouses get Veterans Home Care through VA Aid and Attendance?
If you are Veteran spouse or a widow of a Veteran or a spouse of a deceased Veteran, you are also eligible for receiving home care through VA Aid and Attendance benefits. If you are a window or a windower of a Veteran, the income and medical criteria will apply to you, also, you must be married to the Veteran at the time of their death.
Do I qualify for Veterans Home Care through VA Aid and Attendance?
Benefits of using Life Foundation Home Care
We have streamlined the whole process where you don’t need to go anywhere or stand in long lines; we come to you and work with you from start to finish. We also help you find resources to get you home care services while you are waiting for the VA to approve your benefit (which could take months or even over a year). We can help you find out if you qualify, help you through the application process all the way through to placing a caregiver so that you or your loved one is fully taken care of. Due to our experience and program, you can start receiving the help much faster compared to going through the process on your own. There is no upfront cost or fees for our services.
We have helped many Veterans and surviving spouses and we can help you as well. Here is what one of our partners have to say about us:
“I wouldn’t provide anything less than a 5 star rating for this organization. I’ve worked in direct connection with them for several years, and they are truly providing top-notch customer service for the veterans and widows they’re servicing through our national VetAssist Program. Their response time for all of my needs is impeccable and they truly make my job easier. It is extremely comforting to know that we’ve entrusted an organization of high quality to provide adequate care for our Vet families. My clients speak so highly of the caregivers that are being sent to their homes, and really appreciate the services provided to them. I’m certain the same efforts are put into other families and look forward to continue working with this company.”