There are two programs that will pay for home care aide services if the Veteran has served “Active Duty” in the military:
VA Home Care Aide Program. This program assists Veterans with activities of daily living like transportation, meal preparation, bathing, laundry, grooming, dressing, medication reminders, etc. It is also designed to remind those who have cognitive impairment (like Alzheimer’s Disease) to perform their ADLs. There are no asset or income limits to qualify for this program. The program is for Veterans – not their spouses. In addition, the program allows a VA contracted home care agency to hire a family member (or friend) and get paid $15 – $30/hour to provide the in-home aide care. If the Veteran has no family members that can be the caregiver, the licensed home care agency that can provide a qualified caregiver. Veterans of any age can qualify for this program and get help in their home (includes independent living).
VA Aid and Attendance Benefit. This benefit provides funding for elderly Veterans AND their spouses who need non-medical care/assistance to help them with activities of daily living (bathing, grooming, transportation, meal preparation, etc.) in their home or independent living facility. There are currently over 15 million Veterans who are believed could qualify for this benefit and only 3% of them are currently taking advantage of it – mainly because most all don’t know it exists or have been inaccurately told by the VA that they don’t qualify.
This benefit requires that the Veteran or surviving spouse comply with the following:
- They are over age 65.
- They are a Veteran, a spouse of a living Veteran, or a surviving spouse of a Veteran.
- The Veteran served as “Active Military” status for 90 days during an approved time of war: WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War.
- The Veteran had an “Honorable Discharge.”
- The Veteran or surviving spouse meets income requirements.
- The Veteran, spouse of a living Veteran, or surviving spouse of a Veteran needs assistance with bathing, grooming, meal preparation, etc. on a regular basis in order to stay independent in their home or chosen place of residence.
Our VA Accredited Benefits Agents can help Veterans and their spouses apply for this program from the comfort of their own home and get approved 99% of the time within 2-3 months. However, the VA paid care services can start as soon as we send the benefit application to the VA. Going to a local VA Regional Office to apply for a benefit usually results in many trips to that VA Office, long lines, and literally waiting up to 10 years to get a decision on an application. Only a small percentage of these applicants end up getting a maximum benefit award. Below is a short video regarding a CBS News Investigation on local VA Regional Offices. The investigation uncovered how local VA employees were found to “hide” benefit applications in cabinets for years to reduce their work load.
Care Planning Institute has assisted many Veterans and their spouses nationwide get approved for VA Benefits and VA Healthcare Programs. There is no cost to Veteran Families for our services as we are funded via billing the Department of Veterans Affairs. Click “Apply Now” to send us your contact information so one of our Case Managers can contact you to discuss your care needs and see if you will qualify for either of these programs.
A Ten Year Wait?
900,000 VA Claims filed at local VA Offices are waiting up to 10 years for a decision