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Three Common Assumptions Veterans Make About the Aid and Attendance Benefit

Care for Aging Veterans Drexel Hill PA

Care for Aging Veterans Drexel Hill PAAssumptions can be harmful. A lot of people enjoy using the simple phrase, ‘When you assume, you just make an …’ You probably know what comes next. When people make assumptions, they could miss out on some incredible opportunities.

That holds true for veterans of all ages who may need some type of assistance at home. For example, an elderly veteran who has begun to struggle with his own basic care may be convinced that a home care aide is a great idea, but knows he can’t afford it. He assumes it’s just too costly and, even if he knows exactly how much it would cost, he knows it’s not possible for him to pay for it. Therefore, he doesn’t look into it any further than that.

However, there are certain pension programs available through the VA that could help veterans of all ages pay for home care support services when it’s absolutely necessary. Below are three common assumptions veterans often make when it comes to the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

Common Assumption #1: They won’t qualify.
If a veteran didn’t serve in a forward combat situation, if they didn’t see actual fighting, or if they weren’t injured during their time service, they may assume they wouldn’t qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, which can provide more than $2,000 per month to eligible veterans to pay for home care support services.

Combat isn’t a requirement. What is has to do with is the United States being engaged in combat. The veteran’s time of service needs to overlap a time of active combat, as defined by Congress, by at least one day. The overall time service for the veteran also needs to be at least 90 days active duty.

Common Assumption #2: It won’t help them.
When a person assumes financial assistance isn’t going to do any good for them, why would they even look into applying for it? Maybe the veteran assumes home care aides aren’t going to offer much benefit for them, which really doesn’t say anything directly about the pension program itself.

Common Assumption #3: It’s only temporary.
If they go through this hassle of filling out the application and waiting for approval, what happens if the financial support is only temporary? Some veterans may recognize the need for long-term care, and if they assume the Aid and Attendance Benefit is only for short-term care, they might not look any further into it.

It’s important that veterans get the facts about the Aid and Attendance Benefit and other pensions, including the Homebound pension, that could be exactly what they need to get the home care support necessary.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Drexel Hill PA please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-3119.

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Perry C. Doc Alleva

True Direct HHC owner and administrator, Perry C. Doc Alleva has been in the health care community for over 10 years as a therapy solutions provider, as well as a home care services coordinator. He has extensive experience in caring for the disabled and the surgical acute, sub-acute, and rehab population. Rooted in his home-town city of Philadelphia, with strong ties to it's vast neighborhoods and communities, he's now focusing all his energies towards innovating the home health care agency's role in providing the essential care needed from individual to the family throughout the community.

Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day as while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise. "Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."

In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.

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