When people hear about the Aid and Attendance Benefit (or pension) made available through the VA, they have a lot of questions. It was designed to provide financial support to soldiers who had been injured and disabled during World War I. In the years since, it has been expanded to provide financial assistance for qualifying veterans who need home care.
When a person applies for this pension, it might take several months for the approval process. This can certainly be frustrating, especially for those veterans who need help now. After all, a veteran is not going to be eligible for the Aid and Attendance Benefit unless he or she can prove home care is necessary in their life right now. So, they have to need home care before they can even apply for Aid and Attendance benefits, but then they have to wait several months to be approved. That’s why the VA does offer reimbursement for services provided while the application is pending.
Once the approval letter arrives, it can be a relief.
Veterans can feel less stress and anxiety knowing they have the financial resources to help pay for home care services. What happens, though, if a veteran decides not to hire home care, but use the money for some other purpose? Up to this point they may have been relying on a few family members and friends and figure they can just keep doing that.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit is designed to provide financial assistance for the specific and documentable purpose of home care support. If the money is used for anything else, including taking a trip, buying a TV, paying a mortgage, or something else, that would be considered fraud.
When a veteran commits fraud, it could affect every other aspect of his or her life. They could lose all pensions and other financial services they’d been benefiting from. They may no longer be able to rely on a veterans’ hospital for medical care. They could even face other serious consequences, including time in prison for this type of fraud.
If a veteran needs home care support and applies for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, it should be made clear that this money (if they are approved for it) has to go for home care support services only. If they use the resources made available through this pension for something else, it could constitute fraud and that could land them in a long list of legal problems.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for aging veterans in Fairport, 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.
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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