There could be a number of reasons why a veteran begins dealing with PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder can be caused by a wide range of factors, not the least of which are emotional challenges they faced during active combat. For those who may be supporting a spouse or even an adult child who served in one of the major branches of the United States military and is now dealing with PTSD, it can be difficult, to say the least. For these veterans, home care would be a wonderful asset, but not every family can even consider this because of their financial circumstances.
There is a pension that can make a difference.
When a veteran requires direct support and care at home, the Aid and Attendance Benefit could be the financial resource needed to pay for a professional and experienced home health care provider. But, would PTSD necessarily be cause enough to qualify for this pension?
That depends on the circumstances and the situation.
A veteran under 65 needs to be considered completely disabled in order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, so long as they meet all the other requirements as well. Veterans 65 or over, however, do not need to be completely disabled.
Yes, PTSD can completely debilitate some individuals. If that veteran is unable to get out of bed, take a shower, go to the bathroom, prepare a healthy meal, eat, and perform many other basic tasks of everyday life because of post-traumatic stress disorder, injuries, or some other disability, and they are considered completely disabled (assuming they’re under 65) and they served at least 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military and at least one of their active duty service days overlapped a time in which the United States was officially engaged in combat, then they may be eligible for financial resources to pay for home care services.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit can be one of the most important resources for these veterans and their family to get the care and support they need at home. They should be encouraged to fill out and submit the application as soon as possible and to contact a home care agency to begin relying on these services right away. The Aid and Attendance Benefit does offer reimbursement for services received while the application is pending, so long as it is ultimately approved.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for aging veterans in Drexel Hill, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-3119.
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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