There could be a number of reasons why some disabled veterans don’t get proper care and support at home.
Aid and Attendance Benefit: A person who has been completely disabled will be dependent on family or friends in many cases to just get up out of bed, go to the bathroom, take a shower, visit their doctor, go shopping, prepare a meal, and so on. There are three ways some disabled veterans benefit from home care and the Aid and Attendance benefit, which is a pension made available through the VA, but it’s not available to all veterans.
The individual needs to be considered a wartime veteran, meaning he or she served at least one day of their active duty service during a time in which the United States was officially engaged in combat.
Three ways that qualifying disabled veterans can benefit from the Aid and Attendance pension and, specifically, home care support.
1. It helps to ease the strain on a family.
Some disabled veterans feel as though their daughter, son, spouse, a sibling is taking on too much work looking after them. They may feel bad and wish there was something they could do differently. However they understand without that support, they wouldn’t be able to function independently.
With the Aid and Attendance benefit, qualifying veterans could receive financial assistance to pay for home care aides and caregivers. This can either completely replace a family caregiver or supplement the care that friends and family offer, allowing them to focus on a personal relationship rather than a professional one.
2. It may lead to less discomfort regarding ‘personal’ matters.
For example, a grown man having to rely on his daughter or sister for help going to the bathroom or taking a shower could find that to be an uncomfortable situation. The person helping may dismiss those concerns as being “no big deal,” but regardless of how much time passes, it can still be an uncomfortable situation.
Qualifying for Aid and Attendance benefits could mean hiring a professional caregiver instead, at least for these personal, intimate matters.
3. It can enable the veteran to feel more independent.
Over time, a veteran may need to call their child, spouse, sibling, or friends to help with what may be best described as routine matters. They feel more dependent on those individuals and as time passes, more at the mercy of that person’s schedule.
Being able to hire a professional home care agency to help may just allow that disabled veteran the opportunity to feel more independent and, therefore, enjoy a higher quality of life.
If you or a loved one is needing assistance with Aid and Attendance Benefit, please contact the knowledgeable and friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™.
Call today: 1-855-380-4400
Under Kyle’s leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.
In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the “100 St. Louisans to Know” in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013, Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the “Top 20” small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for the Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.
Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans’ benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, Mo. with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.