What does it mean to be a ‘wartime veteran?’ Basically, this means a veteran served at least one day of their active duty service during a time in which the United States was officially engaged in combat. Those combat periods are basically World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.
When care and support is needed at home, wartime veterans might qualify for a pension that can help them pay for it. Affordability is one of the most common reasons why many people, veterans and otherwise, never really consider home care aides or other professionals. If they don’t think they can afford it, they never really give it more than a passing thought.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit might help.
This is a pension that is specifically designed to provide financial support to qualifying veterans who need home care services. It can provide up to about $2,000 per month to qualifying veterans or somewhat less for dependents or widows of qualifying veterans to be used to pay for a home care aide or other support individual at home.
A veteran needs to have served at least 90 days if a minimum of one day of their active duty service fell during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War. If their time of service was during the Gulf War, they need to have served at least two years active duty.
The veteran needs to be able to prove home care is a necessity in his or her life right now. They might have a disability, be recovering from an accident, or have reached a certain age when mobility and safety are compromised. If they can prove home care is necessary right now for safety or maintaining a decent quality of life, assisting them with Activities of Daily Living, that is important.
Also, their income and assets, combined, can not exceed $119,000, which is the current threshold limit established by the VA.
Too often when people realize home care would be an asset, but they can’t think of a possible way they could afford it, they essentially drop the topic altogether. For those who may be considered wartime veterans, if they don’t have the financial resources to pay for a home care aide through an agency on their own, this pension might be just the thing they need to maintain hope. They should be encouraged to fill out the application and submit it as soon as possible because it can take several months for the approval process to complete.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional home care for aging veterans in Shelter Island, NY, call the caring staff at Artful Home Care today at 631-685-5001.
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