Veterans Could Qualify for In-Home Senior Care Benefit

In appreciation of their service to protect our nation and its freedoms, veterans who have achieved senior statuses in our communities could qualify for reimbursements that will cover in-home health care they may require to enjoy their later years fully. In fact, the payments could also extend to their spouses, or surviving spouses, who managed the home front while their soldiers or sailors were away performing their duties.

Those who may qualify for the Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit, which is provided through the Veteran’s Administration, number in the millions. They include anyone serving 90 days of active duty with at least one day of active duty served during a period when the nation was at war, such as during World War II, the Korean Conflict, or the Vietnam War.

Services that can be reimbursed include senior home health care aids to help with cooking, bathing, dressing, properly taking medications, and other Activities of Daily Living, known as ADLs in VA-speak. Any service provided to help senior veterans remain in their homes, which is considered a healthier environment, can qualify for coverage. This includes help for those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease as well.

Those who think they may qualify for elderly care reimbursement should contact the Veteran’s Administration at 800-827-1000 or online at www.va.gov. Many companies providing senior living care can also help with establishing what is known as a “Fully Developed Claim.” These types of claims tend to be processed more quickly through the VA system and can be approved in as little as 30 to 60 days in some cases.

Senior living care companies can help in the application process by providing documentation about the types of services provided, cost, and billing timelines. Remember, this Attendance Pension Benefit extends to spouses, even if the veteran is not taking advantage of such services, or to surviving spouses if the veteran has passed.