When a veteran qualifies for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, which offers financial assistance to pay for home care services, at some point in time they may require more care at home. If that happens, are they able to increase the amount they receive from the VA?
Every case is different.
This may seem like a cop-out of an answer, but it’s the truth. Every person’s situation is going to be different. One veteran may only require a few hours of assistance every couple of days while another might require full-time, around-the-clock care.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit can provide up to a little more than $2,000 per month to qualifying veterans, but it may also provide less to qualifying veterans whose needs are not as significant.
The veteran should be encouraged to contact the VA to determine whether or not they are receiving the maximum financial reimbursement or support for home care services. If they aren’t, they may be advised to fill out a new application to increase how much they receive.
Another situation that can arise is a dependent also relying on help.
For example, if a veteran applied for the Aid and Attendance Benefit and was approved, it may have been for himself. However, if his wife is now requiring some type of home care services, perhaps following a medical emergency such as a heart attack or stroke, that’s going to place an increased financial burden on the family. The VA will also provide some financial support to dependents of qualifying veterans.
Again, since that would be a different situation, they may be required to resubmit a new application for this particular pension.
Financial requirements constantly change.
At the VA, financial requirements for approval for the Aid and Attendance Benefit change constantly. This year, the assets and income level have been combined. In the past they were separate and there were discrepancies among various departments throughout the Veterans Administration where as one individual was denied benefits while another was approved for it, even though their financial income and assets were very similar.
Right now, assets and income have to be below the $119,000 threshold. If a veteran has a serious or significant change in their financial status, and if they feel they may qualify for more assistance, their best option is to consider applying for a change in financial support through the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
If you or a family member are in need of home care for an aging veteran in Boca Raton, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.
She gained another 20 year of administrative and marketing experience within the Florida healthcare market before accepting the position with Star Multi Care. Focusing on advocating for seniors has always been her passion and she plans on continuing this quest while working with Star.
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