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Considering Veterans Home Care: Tips for Caregivers

Care for Aging Veterans in Plainview NY

Why is there so much confusion with applying for home care for veterans? Many veterans or their spouses aren’t even aware of some of the benefits they could be receiving. Here are some helpful tips for veterans, spouses, and caregivers considering home care.

Veterans Home Care Tip #1: All veterans are considered disabled at the age of 65.

Any veteran who is at least 65 doesn’t need to have any major health conditions or disabilities to possibly be eligible for the lowest level of Aid & Attendance benefits. Most people aren’t aware that the VA considers a veteran 100 percent disabled once they turn 65 regardless of their health.

Veterans Home Care Tip #2: Applications can be expedited for veterans who are 90 and older.

If your veteran loved one falls in this age group, make sure the VA office handling the application is aware of this and the application will be expedited.

Veterans Home Care Tip #3: Long distance caregivers who call the VA’s 1-800 number.

If you are a long distance caregiver and call the VA’s 1-800 number for application status, you will be directed to an office that is nearest you. Make sure you are directed to the specific office handling your loved one’s application or you won’t be able to obtain any information.

Veterans Home Care Tip #4: The spouse of a veteran who died has to reapply to the VA to continue receiving benefits.

Benefits stop for the spouse of a veteran who passes away. The spouse has to then reapply to the VA to have the benefits reinstated. There are several documents and additional information that are required regarding this process. The VA may already have some of these documents from the original application process but they will still need to be resubmitted. The process could take anywhere from 10 to twelve months to determine the widow’s pension.

Veterans Home Care Tip #5: Power of Attorney (POA) has no merit when applying for benefits.

If you are planning ahead for veteran care at home for an elderly loved one, you may be considering establishing a POA. Using a POA when applying for benefits could have an impact on whether or not the senior will be eligible to receive them.

If your elderly loved one is a veteran and now requires some type of home care, contact the Veterans Administration to find out more about eligibility. They may very well be able to have their home care paid for.

If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care services in Plainview, NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!

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Stephen Sternbach

Chief Executive Officer at Star Multi Care
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.

1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.

In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.

Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.

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