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When Veterans Don’t Think Home Care Is Affordable, a Pension May Help

Care for Aging Veterans: When Veterans Don’t Think Home Care Is Affordable, a Pension May Help

There are plenty of times in life when it becomes easy to get discouraged. For some veterans, especially elderly veterans on limited incomes, when they begin struggling with their own basic care, aren’t able to safely step into and out of the shower, for example, they can easily become discouraged. They may even give up on certain activities that used to be important to them.

One of the main reasons why they feel discouraged is because home care is not affordable.

At least, this is what they initially think. It’s not just veterans, though, but other seniors who worry about their safety or give up certain activities they used to enjoy. If home care could be beneficial or, even more pressing, if it can improve safety and quality of life for an aging veteran, and if that veteran doesn’t think they can afford it so they never look into it, the Aid and Attendance benefit is a pension that could help.

This pension was developed following World War I. While it initially provided financial support to veterans returning from battle who had been injured or disabled, it has expanded through the years. It now provides financial assistance to be used for home care support for veterans, their spouses, and even widows of qualifying veterans.

Who is eligible for this particular pension?

Those considered ‘wartime veterans’ may certainly qualify based on that provision. The provision essentially says that the minimum time service for qualifying veterans needs to have been 90 days. At least one day of their service needs to have overlapped a time of official combat, which, as Congress defines, is World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.

If a veteran served any time during the Gulf War, they need to have served at least two years active duty.

Veterans need to be able to prove home care is necessary.

Even though a veteran might benefit from a home care aide or other provider, if the VA doesn’t accept that it’s an absolute necessity right now for their safety, health, or some other aspect of their well-being, they may not qualify.

If a doctor has recommended home care support, that can be extremely beneficial in the application process.

Finally, a veteran’s income and assets cannot exceed $80,000 which is the current threshold. If a veteran is limited on their income and assets and knows home care is necessary for their safety and well-being, they should be encouraged to look into and potentially apply for this pension as soon as possible.

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

Kyle Laramie, President

President, Founder at Veterans Care Coordination
After working in the field of occupational therapy, as well as various marketing, sales and management roles for both private duty nursing and assisted living providers, Kyle founded Veterans Care Coordination in April 2011. As president and owner of VCC, Kyle is driven by the memory of his grandfather. A World War II veteran, he unnecessarily missed out on essential VA benefits because Kyle’s family simply did not know about the opportunities that were available to assist him in his golden years.

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.