Your mother and father had been relying on the support of home care aides for quite some time. In their 80’s, they began having difficulty, and things got worse after his heart attack. You and the rest of your family were grateful he survived, but the road to recovery was quite long. At that time, your mother was still able to tend to her own basic care and assist him with various things.
As a veteran, your father knew he would qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
He had been planning on the possibility of requiring some type of home health care support in the future. As such, he had learned all about the Aid and Attendance Benefit. Because he served at the tail end of the Korean War, even though he never saw combat, and because of their limited income and assets, he was quite convinced they would be able to rely on this pension to pay for home health care services.
Things are going fine for a while.
Then your mother began having health issues. That’s when your father set out to reapply, including her as a dependent. The amount of money they received through the Veteran’s Administration and the Aid and Attendance Benefit changed, increasing slightly to help take into account the extra care she would require as well.
Your father has passed away.
Now, though, your father is no longer around. Things went downhill quickly, and one thing he admonished you and the rest of your family to remember was that once he was gone, your mother would need to reapply as a widow of a qualifying veteran.
Some people go on about things as though nothing has changed, and then they are quite surprised to learn the benefit will no longer continue. They have to start the application process all over, which is why it’s a good idea to do this as soon as possible.
If your mother and father had been receiving benefits through Aid and Attendance prior to his passing, and if nothing really has changed and your mother can still prove home care support is necessary, there should be no issue for her receiving ongoing financial assistance. Keep in mind, though, that the amount she receives will most likely decrease since your father is no longer around to rely on these home health care benefits.
The longer your mother waits, though, the more difficult it could be for her in the interim.