January 23, 2012

Veterans Benefits for Homecare

If you are a veteran, the spouse of a veteran or know a veteran in need of homecare services, we would like to draw your attention to The Veterans Aid & Attendance Pension. This benefit assists veterans and their spouses to pay for the care needed to remain safely at home. Whether using private in-home care or living in an assisted living community, a veteran and his/her (surviving) spouse may qualify for a pension from $1,094.00 per month up to $2,019.00 per month to help pay for these services.

In order to be eligible, the veteran must have served 90 days with at least 1 of those days during a period of war. The applicant must need the assistance of a caregiver to assist with activities of daily living. An example of such a veteran is one who does not drive and needs assistance with showering, dressing and medication management. He currently lives at home with his wife and has a homecare company help him with his activities of daily living in the mornings, manages his medications and escorts him to medical appointments. This veteran can possibly qualify for $1,703.00 per month.

Of course there are financial requirements as well, but 75% of assisted living cost and 100% of homecare cost is considered non-reimbursed medical expenses and is deducted from a veteran’s income. Also keep in mind that there are partial pension payments as well so if a veteran’s assets are high, he or she may still qualify for a partial payment.
For more information call Aviv’s HomeCare office at 978-854-1860.