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September 19, 2018

VA Pensions That Help Veterans Rely on Home Care Aren’t as Complicated as They May Seem at First

Getting caught up in certain types of hysteria happen all the time. A news media outlet can begin sharing a breaking story and suddenly people are worried, rush to stores, clean out the shelves of water and other necessities, and even become hostile to one another. An aging veteran having difficulty taking care of himself at home is not likely to create a hysterical situation, but for that senior, every little task that becomes a challenge and potentially unsafe can lead him or her to believe there are few options left.

Home care is still the best option available.

Home care can be an invaluable resource for an aging veteran who is struggling just to get out of bed, take a shower, go to the bathroom, do some shopping, get to a doctor’s appointment, or even prepare a meal. There are aging veterans who simply can’t afford home care on their own.

This is when they often turn to pensions.

The VA offers various pensions for a wide range of reasons and veterans. One of those that could provide financial support for home care services is the Aid and Attendance benefit.

This pension was first developed following World War I. It was initially designed to allow soldiers who had been injured and disabled during combat get the care they needed at home. It expanded through the years and now provides financial assistance to veterans of all ages, whether they were injured or disabled during active duty service or not.

Unfortunately, there’s a great deal of misinformation about Aid and Attendance pensions.

Some veterans assume since they were denied another pension because of their income or some other factor that they would simply be denied this one. That’s not the case. Yes, they may still be denied, but the pension threshold is different for the Aid and Attendance benefit.

Also, some seniors get confused about ‘combat periods.’

A veteran must have served at least one day of active duty service during a time in which United States was officially engaged in combat somewhere around the world. This does not mean the veteran needs to have fought in a forward combat situation or have been anywhere near direct combat. It simply refers to a period of time in which he or she served.

Their income and assets, combined, won’t include certain properties.

A primary residence, for example, is not counted as an asset, so long as the veteran is living at this address. Other possessions that cannot be quickly converted into cash may also not be included in the calculations.

Determining eligibility is not that complicated and if someone has avoided looking into Aid and Attendance benefits because of this reason, they should be encouraged to look again. It might be the difference between struggling at home and getting the care and support he or she needs right now.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Oak Park 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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