John was a wartime veteran who had applied for the Aid and Attendance Benefit because he needed home care support services. It became clear that home care was going to be necessary when he was having difficulty getting out of bed most mornings.
His doctor recommended home care support and even though he couldn’t afford it at the time, he remembered about the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
At the time when he filled out the application and submitted it, he began discussing home care options with an agency in the area. They started providing the services with the understanding he would pay for whatever he could and, when reimbursement came in, that would help.
However, John passed away before the approval of the pension program was sent. Now what happens?
Reimbursement may still occur.
Every case is different so it’s important to make sure you check with the VA directly, but for somebody who is approved for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, reimbursement is also part of the program in some situations.
That means for services that John may have already received, the VA may provide some financial support.
John’s widow would need to reapply.
John was applying for support not just for himself, but his wife as well. Now, though, his wife is going to need to reapply for this pension. Because things have changed, she needs to start the application process all over again. While that can certainly be frustrating, it can also take a tremendous amount of time.
The average wait time to find out about the Aid and Attendance Benefit is about nine months. That means if his wife requires direct assistance right now, she could be struggling to maintain independence, relying on friends and family members, for another nine months or longer.
Patience in dealing with the VA is essential.
The VA is a government institution and as most people readily admit these days, efficiency in government institutions is rarely ever apparent. It’s crucial that people who are applying for this or some other VA pension maintain a patient attitude.
Some people simply don’t want to wait. Some people believe that waiting can put an elderly veteran at an increased risk of serious injuries or other situations. However, that’s not going to increase the approval process for any application. When a veteran requires home care support, the best thing they can do is apply for this pension to help them pay for it.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Havertown, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-31
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.