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Can Widows of Veterans Get Financial Help When They Need Home Care?

Care for Aging Veterans in Naples FL

There are several pensions available to veterans through the VA. These pensions can help veterans overcome disabilities, get the type of support and care they need at home, and may even provide financial assistance when a spouse or other dependent relies on outside assistance.

Care for Aging Veterans in Naples FLWhat many veterans fail to realize, though, is that some of these pensions, like the Aid and Attendance Benefit, may also provide some financial support to widows of qualifying veterans.

Starting this year, 2017, the financial payout or reimbursement for surviving spouses of wartime veterans is up to $13,836 per year, or $1,153 per month. That does not mean a surviving spouse of a wartime veteran is going to receive that amount of money. It means they may be eligible to receive up to that much.

What could that financial support be used for?

In order to be eligible for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, there needs to be a specific and documented reason why home care support is necessary at this time in a person’s life. If the surviving spouse can show that home care is absolutely necessary for him or her right now, and if their spouse was considered a wartime veteran who served at least 90 days’ active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military (a minimum of two years if they served during the Gulf War), then they may be able to receive financial compensation to pay for home care or some other arrangement so they can maintain a high quality of life.

How long can the application process take?

When a person fills out and submits an application for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, it could take up to nine months or longer to have it approved. That can be extremely stressful for somebody who absolutely needs home care support right now.

That’s why the VA offers reimbursement for some individuals under certain conditions.

What can a veteran or surviving spouse do right now?

They can begin the application process as soon as possible. They may have trouble reaching somebody at the VA who can actually be helpful, in which case there are plenty of nonprofit organizations across the country that provide assistance in filling out these and other applications for support through the VA.

It’s important not to pay for any type of help filling out this or other important pensions through the VA. Rely on the free support that’s available.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Naples, FLcontact the caring staff at Family Private Care. Call today (855) 465-0611.

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Deborah Irvine

Deborah Irvine and her husband reside in Martin County Florida. She has been married for 30 years and is the mother of two daughters. Deborah completed her nursing degree at Palm Beach Community College in 1986 and is a Registered Nurse. She also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Hobe Sound Bible College. Deborah worked for 9 years at Martin Memorial Hospital as a Medical/Surgical Nurse and then went into Home Health care, working for two years at a Medicare Home Health company. In 1997 Deborah went to work at Family Private Care where she started as an Independent Contractor nurse, and was soon promoted to the Director of Nursing, then became their General Manager and currently serves as Family Private Care’s President.

Deborah is a member of the Private Care Association and thereby stays involved in the political process both state-wide and national as it pertains to Nurse Registries and home care issues.

Deborah was appointed by the Commissioners of Martin County in 2005 to the board of the Treasure Coast Health Care Council where she served two terms.

Deborah has been committed to the Martin County community by serving in various roles through her church from being involved with children’s ministry through a Bus Ministry program in Indiantown to serving as a Sunday School teacher to Junior High children. Deborah continues to work with and actively supports a myriad of local community organizations.

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