How much are various senior care options? Most people in the United States couldn’t answer that question properly. They simply have no idea how expensive assisted living, nursing home care, and other options are. They even fail to realize that home care is by far the most affordable long-term and even short-term care option for people of all ages when they need assistance with daily life.
For veterans, home care can sometimes seem like a pipe dream, especially when they’re having extreme difficulty with their own mobility. That’s because when veterans are on a limited income through a pension, disability payment, or even Social Security, and all of that money coming every month basically goes out for their basic living expenses, they couldn’t even possibly consider hiring an experienced caregiver to come to their home for even a couple of days a week.
For wartime veterans, the Aid and Attendance Benefit could help.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit is a pension made available through the VA to provide financial assistance to qualifying veterans to pay for home care services. It was developed following World War I and has expanded through the years. It now provides financial assistance to veterans of all ages, whether they were injured or disabled during their time of service or afterward.
In order to qualify, veterans need to have been honorably discharged from service, served at least 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military, and at least one day of their active duty service needs to have overlapped a time of official combat. Official combat is defined by Congress and includes World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If any veteran served time during the Gulf War, their minimum time of service will be two years, not 90 days.
Active combat does not mean a veteran has to have fought in a forward combat situation. It simply means their time of service needs to have overlapped, by a minimum of one day, a period of time in which the United States was actively engaged in conflict somewhere in the world.
For those qualifying veterans, when they realize home care is essential, especially if it is going to be long-term care, they should be encouraged to fill out and submit the application for this pension as soon as possible. They will also need to prove that home care is necessary at this point in their life.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring home care for aging 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.