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August 13, 2018

Aging Veterans Aren’t the Only Ones Who May Need Home Care Support

When talking about the aid and attendance benefit or some other type of pension made available through the VA (Veterans Administration), it might be easy to simply assume this is talking about elderly veterans. However, it may not just be aging veterans who need some type of home care assistance.

It could be a dependent.

This might include their spouse, surviving widow, disabled adult child, or somebody else who is legally and financially dependent on this veteran. The Aid and Attendance pension program does provide financial support for those veterans and their dependents, when they meet specific requirements which include time of service, documentable need for home care, and financial limitations.

There’s also a significant difference between veterans 65 and over and those under 65 as it pertains to the Aid and Attendance pension. For example, a veteran under 65, in order to qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits, would need to be considered completely disabled. A veteran 65 or over would need to be able to document a specific need for support at home. This most commonly is provided through a recommendation by their doctor.

What else is important to know about this pension?

It’s absolutely crucial to understand which veterans may be eligible for Aid and Attendance benefits. They must be considered a ‘wartime veteran.’ That doesn’t mean the veteran has to have served in a forward combat situation, but rather at least one day of their active duty service needs to have overlapped a time in which the United States was engaged in combat somewhere in the world. The four combat periods, as defined by Congress, are World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.

If a veteran served during the Gulf War, they need to have served a minimum of two years active duty, otherwise the minimum requirement is 90 days.

Also remember, the dependent may not be eligible for the same financial benefits as the veteran.

In other words, a surviving widow or even the spouse of a qualifying ‘wartime veteran’ will not likely receive the same amount of financial assistance through the Aid and Attendance Benefit as the veteran himself or herself would be eligible for.

While it’s easy to assume aging veterans are most likely going to be the ones relying on home care, that’s not always the case. Spouses, surviving widows, and other dependents could potentially receive some financial assistance to pay for home care, if the veteran would qualify based on specific criteria set forth by the VA.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Aurora IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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