Aging veterans are really not much different than any other individual who gets older. However, as they age, they might have new struggles that many of their peers also face. These challenges could include mobility, health, and even avoiding feelings of isolation and loneliness, especially if they live alone. Not every elderly veteran is going to require an elderly care aide or even family members and friends stopping by to help them, even once in a while.
For those who do, though, this could be an expense they don’t want to consider.
A person who is limited in his or her income, either through Social Security, a pension from their previous employer, or even a retirement portfolio might not be able to contemplate paying an elderly care aide out-of-pocket. They may be eligible for certain pensions assistance programs through the Veteran’s Administration, but they don’t cover nearly enough to hire an elderly care aide on top of everything else they have going on.
So, they don’t think about it.
They simply let it go. However, for those considered wartime veterans, in other words veterans who served any time of their active duty service during a time of official combat, they might be eligible for the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
What is the Aid and Attendance pension?
This is a pension that was developed to provide financial support and assistance to qualifying veterans to pay for elderly care services. They would need assistance with basic tasks of everyday life. In other words, if an aging veteran needs help just to get out of bed, to prepare a meal, or even take a shower and go to the bathroom, they might qualify under this particular part of the provision.
If an elderly veteran can simply get around on their own, drive themselves to the store or to a doctor’s appointments, but maybe a bit confused about how to prepare healthy meals, that individual might not be eligible.
It’s important to realize that the financial requirements to be eligible for the Aid and Attendance Benefit are different than for other pensions made available through the VA. So, even if a veteran was denied a pension through another program, they might still be eligible to receive assistance through the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
For a veteran who qualifies for this pension, the award amount is based on a number of factors, including how much direct support is required, their income and assets, and other criteria. It’s important for any veteran considering this pension to apply for it as soon as home care support is deemed necessary.