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Care for Aging Veterans in Queens NY

Your husband served during the Vietnam War. You were high school sweethearts and together you have worked on many of the issues he faced when he finally returned home from that conflict.

He might have dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder and it was a long road to recovery. Neither one of you really flinched or thought you would leave the other, and you vowed to support one another, through better or worse, through sickness and in health, till the end.

Care for Aging Veterans in Queens NY

Care for Aging Veterans in Queens NY

Now, it seems as though he needs a lot of extra support throughout the day. You’re both in your 80s and helping him get out of bed, take a shower, get dressed, and do a host of other things throughout the day has taken a serious toll on your physical capabilities. You feel it affecting your health.

Because of your limited income, neither one of you even considers the prospect of hiring a home care aide. You might be relying on family members or friends for some help, but you know you need more.

That’s when somebody mentioned the Aid and Attendance Benefit. 

When you looked into it, you discovered your husband would certainly qualify, and based on your income and asset level, you believe that you will be approved. You know it can take several months for the approval process, so you want to get this application filled out as quickly as possible.

Here are some tips that can help in the process.

1. Determine eligibility.

To be eligible, veterans need to have served a minimum of 90 days’ active duty with at least one day overlapping a time of active combat. Since your husband served during the Vietnam war, he certainly qualifies.

Home care support needs to be proven as a necessity at this point in his life. Talking to his doctor, he is more than willing to write a recommendation, which would be ample, you believe, to prove home care is necessary.

2. Fill out the application completely.

Leave nothing blank. If there’s a question you don’t know the answer to, make sure you find out what to fill in there. Anything that is left blank could be cause for denial of this particular pension.

3. Never pay for assistance.

Never pay for help in filling out or filing the Aid and Attendance Benefit application. If there are any lawyers, consultants, or other so-called advisors advertising their services, and even guaranteeing results, run the other way. There’s no guarantee, and there’s no need to pay for assistance in filling out this application.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Queens, NY, please call the caring staff at Right at Home of Brooklyn (347) 554-8400

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Walter Ochoa

Owner & Operator at Right at Home Brooklyn
Walter Ochoa is the owner and operator of Right at Home, which is located in Brooklyn. Walter graduated from the University of the Valley in Guatemala. He met and married his college sweetheart, Jean, who is American. They moved to Brooklyn, where they currently live with their 2 children. They are very involved in the community.

Walter has worked for some of the top financial service companies holding various positions from Project Management to Compliance Control Specialist. Despite his success, he had always wanted to do something more fulfilling that would give him a greater sense of inner satisfaction. He wanted to assist those who wished to stay in their own homes, but could no longer do it alone, like the elderly and disabled. So when the opportunity arose for him to start his own business, he took it. In 2010, Walter and Jean ventured to open Right at Home of Brooklyn, which services all of New York City.

Walter knows he made the right decision because he saw the need was definitely there. Now Right at Home assists not only the elderly and disabled, but adults of any age that need some assistance or an extra hand to continue living Right at Home”. That conviction, plus his Culture of Care philosophy, makes Right at Home one of the most Care driven Home Care agencies around.

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