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Can Veterans Get Financial Support for Home Care Provided by a Family Member?

Aging veterans often rely on family and friends for help with certain tasks. When people get older, it becomes more difficult to do things that had once been easy. Just getting out of bed might be an overwhelming challenge for some individuals, especially if they are dealing with injuries or other disabilities.

Care for Aging Veterans in Penfield NY: Care Provided by Family Members

Care for Aging Veterans in Penfield NY: Care Provided by Family Members

For some of these veterans, they may rely on a family caregiver.

It might be a spouse, it could be an adult child, or it could be somebody else in the family. If that individual lives in the same house or the same town, it seems to make sense to rely on them, even though experience is an important component of quality care for those in need.

When veterans are relying on family for home care support, can they get financial assistance to help pay for this?

In other words, some people consider family to be their full-time caregivers and wish to provide them financial compensation. It could be a grandchild who is putting himself or herself through college who is also supporting this elderly veteran. The Aid and Attendance Benefit is a pension made available through the VA that can provide financial assistance to pay for home care support.

Can it be used to pay a family caregiver?

The answer is yes, technically speaking, but that’s not always the best situation. It may be difficult in some cases for an elderly veteran to prove that home care is necessary, and if they are advising the VA that it’s a grandchild, adult child, or some other family member who is providing that support, it may not be viewed the same way as if a doctor recommends professional home health care aides and other providers.

What is required to be approved for the Aid and Attendance Benefit?

Veterans need to be able to prove home care is necessary, they need to have served at least one day of active duty during a time of official combat, as defined by Congress, and if they served any time during the Gulf War, they need to have served at least two years active duty, otherwise it’s 90 days. Also, their combined income and assets cannot exceed $119,000.

If a person applied for and was approved for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, the best thing they can do is hire an experienced home care aide through an agency. They can still rely on family to support them, but that experienced care can help provide a higher quality of life for years to come.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Penfield, NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

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Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.
Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)

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