Whether it’s for long or short term home care for veterans, regardless of their age, finding a way to pay for it is not always easy. In fact, some veterans are on an extremely limited income, possibly from Social Security Disability, a pension, or some other type of source. Whatever the case may be, when money is tight, home care is usually the last thing these veterans want to think about.
So, they may have a tendency to rely on family members or friends, at least for as long as possible. This might not go over too well for long-term care, especially when people begin to get back to their normal routine in life.
Relying on a parent, sibling, spouse, or even adult children may seem practical at first, but as the months wear on, it will create more tension, stress, and anxiety for both the veteran and his or her family.
The best option is to always consider professional and experienced home care.
As noted, the major challenge becomes paying for this type of home care support. There is a particular pension made available through the VA known as the Aid and Attendance Benefit that could provide financial support for those veterans who require some type of home care.
This pension was started following World War I as a way to help returning soldiers get the proper care they needed due to a variety of injuries, including what was then called shellshock, which is now known as post-traumatic stress disorder. The pension expanded to encompass all sorts of injuries and disabilities for specific veterans.
Which veterans would qualify for this particular pension?
A veteran needs to have served a minimum of 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. At least one day of their service has to overlap or have fallen during a time of active combat, as defined by Congress. That would include World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the Gulf War. At the moment, there is no closed end date for the Gulf War.
Veterans also need to be on a limited income and have minimal assets in order to qualify. They should be able to prove that home care is absolutely necessary at this point in their life in order to be considered for this particular pension, if they qualify under those other qualifications.