John was 78 years old, widowed, and living alone. He was a veteran of the United States Army and though he never really talked much about his time in service, he was proud of it. As he got older, he began to face many similar challenges other seniors face, including less strength, more health related challenges, and other issues.
Something he also faced was loneliness. After his wife passed away three years earlier, he had a lot of friends and family calling him, stopping by, and checking in on him. As the months turned into years, though, people went back to their normal lives. He spent most of his time alone at home with few friends in the area still and didn’t know where to really go.
At 78, though, he began to truly recognize the challenges he was facing. He needed help with so many things, but he didn’t know where to turn. His income was extremely limited; he was getting a minimal pension from his work at a factory and Social Security benefits. That barely amounted to $13,000 a year.
He owned a small house that had lost a lot of value after the housing crash and, coupled with the fact he wasn’t able to keep up with its general maintenance and upkeep, it was getting worse and worse every year.
John tried to mention some of his concerns to his adult children, but they didn’t seem to listen. They said he would be okay, that he was fine, that they would check in with him in a few days.
He finally called a friend from the Army he hadn’t spoken to in years and that friend was dealing with many of the same challenges he was. He was receiving home care support. John asked how he was able to pay for a home care aide, since they were both essentially making the same amount of money every month. That’s when his friend told him about the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
John began asking more questions, and then reached out to people who might be able to help him learn more about it and actually apply for the Aid in Attendance Benefit. The more he learned, the more he realized he probably qualified for it and would be able to receive financial assistance to pay for home care support services.
Veterans in a similar situation as John should learn more about the Aid and Attendance Benefit and why hiring a home care aide is such a great idea as they get older.