For some veterans, elderly and disabled, the need for home care support might be very real and it may be immediate. However, a pension known as the Aid and Attendance Benefit might take a long time for the approval process.
Why does it take so long?
Because of limited staff, administrative issues, and other factors, processing applications can take several months. In some cases, the Aid and Attendance Benefit is reported to have taken up to nine months and, in some rare instances, even longer than that. There have been reports of this particular application taking a year to be processed and approved. That is just one reason why Veterans Care Coordination holds so much value.
What happens in the meantime?
Many veterans have concerns about whether or not they can get the type of support and care they need while the application is pending. There are many issues that come into play regarding what their options are.
Some veterans might have family who can help.
These veterans are certainly fortunate, and they may be able to lean on adult children, siblings, or other family members and friends to help pay for home care services. Some veterans may realize they can get along well with just a home care aide visiting them for two hours a couple of days a week to start.
If the veteran is confident in his or her ability to be approved based on their requirements, income, and assets, they may go forth and contact an agency and begin receiving these services. The VA does offer reimbursement for some qualifying veterans, but that is certainly not a guarantee.
If a veteran sits down with an experienced individual, somebody who has helped other veterans fill out these applications, they should be given a clear idea regarding approval that could come through. It’s important, though, that veterans do not pay anyone to help them fill out this or any other pension through the VA. If it’s determined they paid for help, they could be denied the Aid and Attendance Benefit, even if they would have qualified otherwise. This assists in keeping veterans from becoming victims of fraud.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring home care for veterans, please contact the 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.