There are many pensions and other benefit programs through the Veteran’s Administration. The VA developed the Aid and Attendance Benefit following World War I. Initially it was to help soldiers who had been disabled and injured during their time of service. Over the years, though, it expanded to provide financial support to veterans of all ages, whether they were injured or disabled during their time of service or not.
The main stipulation with this particular pension is that the need for home care support has to be proven. If a veteran’s doctor has told him or her they should get a home care aide working with them, that’s a pretty good way to prove this is needed.
Some veterans may wonder when they should begin the application process.
As soon as it’s clear help is needed.
If the veteran believes he or she would qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, and if they can prove home care is absolutely necessary at this point in their life, they should begin the application process. That’s because it can take many months for the VA to review and ultimately approve that application.
Waiting because the veteran is uncertain about whether or not they absolutely need home care or would be approved is only going to delay approval, if they ultimately qualify for it.
Some veterans wait because they don’t think home care is that necessary.
If a doctor has recommended home care support services, then the veteran should begin the application process immediately. If the veteran is applying for a spouse or other dependent to receive home care services, they may also qualify for some financial reimbursement.
However, the amount they receive is going to be different than what the veteran would receive for support for himself or herself directly.
Approval can take nine months or longer.
Because of a backlog at the VA and other issues this administration is dealing with, it can take upwards of nine months or even longer, depending on the time of year, to hear back on an application for Aid and Attendance. That’s why it’s so important to fill out this application and submit it as soon as possible.
The best thing any veteran can do for himself or herself or a dependent loved one in need, when they qualify for this pension, is to apply for it. It can mean the difference between getting the needed home care support and going without.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home senior care for an aging veteran in Germantown, PA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Central Philadelphia. (215) 882-8234.
Prior to joining Assisting Hands, Renato headed Merck’s public policy and corporate responsibility team in Latin America. In 2007, the World Economic Forum granted him the Young Global Leader award, as a recognition for his work on international trade advocacy.
After a series of family health challenges, including severe cases of cancer and dementia, Renato decided to shift his career toward more direct, personal and closer involvement with home- and family-health needs. In the Assisting Hands franchise system, he found the right balance between professional fulfillment and the delivery of compassionate services to the community.
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