Home Care for Veterans in Allentown PA
There are some pension programs that can assist aging veterans receive home care. One of these pension programs is called the Aid and Attendance Benefit and for those veterans who qualify it can provide financial assistance to pay for home care. That money can you be used pay a family member who is taking care of their elderly veteran loved one, too, if that’s their preference.
Below are three common questions many elderly veterans have with regard to the Aid and Attendance pension.
1. How would I know if I qualify?
A veteran needs to have served at least 90 days of active duty service in one of the major branches of the United States military. Also, at least one of those days of active duty service need to have been served during a time of active combat. Congress defines active combat as being World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Gulf War. Currently, the Gulf War is an open ended, beginning in 1991 with no end date defined by Congress.
The veteran would also need to have been honorably discharged from service and meet the income and asset thresholds in order to receive financial assistance.
2. Do I have to be disabled?
For veterans 65 and over, they don’t need to be disabled, but they need to have a documentable need for home care. This is usually in the form of a doctor’s recommendation letter.
For veterans under 65, in order to qualify for this pension program they need to have been injured and disabled during their time of active duty service.
3. Can I pay for help filling out the application?
There are numerous organizations and individuals who attempt to defraud veterans and these pension programs by promising results and helping them fill out the application. The VA discourages any veteran from paying for assistance in applying for Aid and Attendance. In fact, if it is determined that a veteran received help filling out this application, they could be denied the pension, even if they would have qualified for it otherwise.
If you are considering hiring home care services in Allentown, PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610)200-6097.
Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.
Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author
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