Many veterans and their families are unaware of the veterans benefit of Aid and Attendance. If your aging loved one served in the military during wartime, he or she may be eligible to receive Aid and Attendance benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Aid and Attendance benefits are designed to assist veterans and their families in meeting the growing costs of long-term care. Aid and Attendance can be used toward a variety of long-term care options ranging from:
- Care at home
- Retirement community
- Assisted living
- Board and care
- Nursing home
To qualify for Aid and Attendance, a veteran must meet the following requirements:
- Wartime service — Serving a minimum of 90 days with at least one day during war. Service outside war zone is acceptable.
- Need for assistance — Requiring regular assistance as certified by a physician. Can be for mental or physical reasons.
- Assets and income — If your income after recurring medical expenses are factored in is less than the maximum Aid and Attendance benefit, your income qualifies. You must have less than $80,000 in assets to qualify.
If you served in the military during wartime, you need to investigate your eligibility for Aid and Attendance benefits.
As we age, the level of medical care that we require becomes more intense and costly. Facing those costs without losing your home or depleting your assets is a difficult challenge that few can overcome without skilled guidance. Understanding what benefits are available and what they can do for you is your first step toward retaining control over your future.
Dedicated To Helping Seniors And Their Families Face The Financial Challenges Of Long-Term Care
At the California Elder Law Center, we can work to help your aging veteran and your family to make the most of the benefits which are available. Aid and Attendance can provide a substantial degree of help in meeting your aging veteran’s health care costs. We will factor Aid and Attendance benefits into the larger picture of other veterans benefits, Medi-Cal and Medicare to ensure that your loved one and your family are best able to afford the care that your veteran deserves.
Contact The Long Beach Veterans Benefits Advisors Of The California Elder Law Center
We all want our loved ones to have access to the long-term care that they need as they grow older. Turn to the California Elder Law Center for help understanding how to secure the funds necessary to ensure your loved one has the care he or she needs. To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your VA Aid and Attendance benefits questions with an attorney at our firm, call us at 800-220-4205, or simply contact us online.
California Elder Law Center serves clients in Long Beach and Lakewood, as well as the surrounding areas of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.