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What You Can Do When Dad’s Income Isn’t Nearly Enough to Pay for Home Care Services

Care for Aging Veterans in Pinecrest FL

Your father is on a limited income. Maybe it’s part of his retirement fund or a pension from his job. Maybe he’s been on a disability pension for many years. Whatever the case may be, once he pays his rent or mortgage, utility bills, food, and other basic expenses, he doesn’t have much left over at the end of the month.

There’s no way he could even consider paying for a home care aide.

Yet, that’s exactly what he needs. His doctor has recommended he get home care services. He has difficulty getting out of bed in the morning. He struggles to get up and down the stairs. Getting into and out of the shower is overwhelmingly challenging for him right now.

Care for Aging Veterans in Pinecrest FLIt’s causing you and the rest of your family a tremendous amount of anxiety and stress. You might even be helping him as best you can, but your time is extremely limited.

The problem is neither you nor anyone else in your family can really afford to hire a home care aide, either. So what can you do?

Look into the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

Did your father serve any time of service during an active time of combat? In other words, did your father serve at least one day during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the Gulf War?

If he did, that’s a good start. If he served at least one day during either of these official combat periods, he doesn’t have to have seen actual combat himself. If he served any time during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War, his minimum time of service has to be 90 days’ active duty. If he served any time during the Gulf War, it needs to be at least two years’ active duty.

If he has limited income and assets, especially if they total under $119,000, he may qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit. Starting this year, that pension could provide up to $21,531 per year, or $1,794 per month, to pay for a home care aide.

He might need minimal assistance or he may need around-the-clock care. Whatever support he needs right now, the Aid and Attendance Benefit may be just what he needs to remain safe within the comfort of his home. That could also provide you and the rest of your family a great deal of assurance.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Pinecrest, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.

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Zachary Desmond

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care, Inc.
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability.His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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