Tuesday, April 2, 2019
If you’re a veteran in need of elderly care for yourself or your spouse, be sure you look into Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits as a possibility.
Aid and Attendance, with maximum benefits up to $25,000 annually, can potentially assist in paying for long-term elderly care. Applying for veterans assistance can be complicated, so it’s important to find qualified assistance with the application process before submitting your request. In order to qualify, applicants must have at least 90 days of active duty, with at least one day period of war, be over 65 years old need elderly care, and meet specific income and net worth requirements.
If you think you might qualify, find help with the application process, but be sure you don’t have to pay for it. Organizations cannot legally charge you for their assistance, but some may try to sell you a service instead, so just look for help that is free with no strings attached.
You can contact your regional office of the Department of Veterans Affairs for direction and resource information.
Here are some organizations that often make free assistance available to the public:
- The American Legion (Veterans Claims Assistance)
- Disabled American Veterans (National Service Program)
- Veterans of Foreign Wars (National Veterans Service)
When you’re looking for someone to help with the application process for elderly care benefits, be sure to ask about their experience. Even phone calls to the VA can leave you with bad advice, so double-check any guidance you receive. Prepare good questions for them in advance, too. How often have they provided this type of help and how well do they really understand the system? You might even ask about references to be called regarding their services.
File as soon as you think you might need elderly care benefits. They’re paid retroactively based on the date of your application, so get it done quickly so you can receive maximum payments for your elderly care.
Concierge Care wants to help you age in place in your own home if possible. If you can’t get veterans assistance, we may be able to help you find another resource. Give Concierge Care a call at 888-205-9940 today.