The VA has what’s called the Aid-Attendance Pension benefit. It is available to Veterans and their spouses in order to cover quality of life expenses when they face long-term care. Depending on the specific benefit, you can have an income, savings, and even real estate should the individual require assistance from a professional for personal daily functions. This program affords between $1,000 and $2,000 monthly. In order to qualify, the Office of Veteran Affairs reviews your medical situation as well as your finances.
There are two types of benefits aimed at allowing your loved one to remain in the home: Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) the VA Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care.
Home Based Primary Care
Home Based Primary care provides care in a Veteran’s home who requires complex medical or social conditions. It can include skilled services like nursing care for clients with progressive, chronic diseases requiring long-term home care. Veterans must meet the clinical need for services and be enrolled in the VA Health care system.
Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care
The Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care care eligibility depends on the Veteran to meet at least one benchmark. Examples of benchmarks include
- Having a VA service-related disability (10% or more)
- Receiving VA pension
- Discharged because of a non-preexisting disability
- Former POW
- Recipient of Medal of Honor or Purple Heart
- Served in Vietnam
- Has an income below VA’s stated income below thresholds determined by location
If you are feeling uncertain, don’t hesitate to contact Veteran’s Affairs for greater detail.
There are various self-care activities home care services for veterans offer including bathing, dressing, making meals, safe mobility, cleaning, laundry, financial management, transportation, and monitoring medication.
By the way, VA Homemaker and Health Aide Care has no specific age limitations. Any veteran who qualifies, regardless of age, can participate. And, each benefit is tailored to meet the personal needs of the individual. It takes into account not only the current limitations but probable future challenges as well.
Home Care Services for Veterans in Allentown, PA
One of the services Caring Family Home Health offers is assisting our war veterans. Vets with an honoralbe discharge may qualify for any number of stipends as described in this article. Our agency recognizes how expensive care can be, and also realize you want only the best for your loved one.
We strongly encourage you to look into the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Program. You can download our Veteran’s Aid Guide to get you started. It can take months to get through the process, so the sooner you tackle the application, the better. If you qualify, we can then review the services Caring Family can provide based on VA guidelines.
We provide assistance throughout the Philadelphia, PA region including Bucks and Montgomery County. Our Client Care Managers are on call 24/7, being at the ready for your questions. We treat each client with integrity and respect for their service to our Nation.