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November 12, 2018

3 Helpful Reminders When It Comes to VA Benefits for Homecare

Veterans who may need homecare might qualify for some type of pension through the VA. If they served any time when the United States was “officially” engaged in combat, usually defined as World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War, even if it was just one day, they could be eligible based on other criteria for Aid and Attendance benefits.

The Aid and Attendance benefit is a pension that was developed by the Veterans Administration following World War I. It was initially designed to help soldiers who had been injured and disabled during combat receive 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 service or not.

There are specific requirements that must be met.

Time in service, income and assets, and a documentable need for homecare are three of the key components that a veteran must meet in order to qualify. There are also some things veterans may be unaware of regarding the Aid and Attendance and Homebound pensions and we highlight three of them below.

First, a veteran does not need to be sick to qualify.

A medical illness isn’t a requirement for Aid and Attendance benefits.

Having difficulty or an inability to perform daily tasks required for everyday life could help a veteran qualify for this particular pension. A doctor will need to personally recommend homecare support services for a veteran, regardless of age, in order for them to be considered eligible for these benefits.

Second, any changes to the veteran’s life require a new application.

In short, this means if a veteran and his spouse were receiving Aid and Attendance benefits and she passed away, he would need to reapply for coverage. Even if the application has already been filled out yet approval has not been granted, a new application will need to be submitted.

If there is a change in income or assets, the process will need to start all over again. This can be frustrating, especially considering how slow the Veteran’s Administration processes these applications.

Finally, benefits will end when the veteran passes away.

There are some pensions that may continue paying out, such as to a widow, but that will not be true of the Aid and Attendance or Homebound pensions. When the veteran passes away, if the widow then requires homecare support and qualifies, he or she would need to reapply once more.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Chicago 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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