For veterans who served at least one day during a wartime period and are now disabled due to a non-service related condition, the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a pension benefit called Aid & Attendance Allowance.
Aid & Attendance Allowance pays for care in an assisted living community, long-term nursing home care, and in-home care for veterans. Family members can be paid for the in-home care they provide if they meet certain criteria.
If a veteran is disabled and requires assistance from another person to complete daily tasks such as dressing, eating, or bathing, he or she qualifies for the pension. If a veteran needs assistance to avoid hazards in his or her environment, he or she will also qualify. In both cases, the assistance need not be permanent.
Care services provided by an unlicensed loved one need to be prescribed by a health care professional, and the parties must have a valid care contract in place to ensure that the caregiver receives fair market value for his or her services.
If you think you qualify for this pension benefit through the VA, contact an attorney who is experienced in veteran’s benefits to assist with the steps that need to be taken to receive Aid & Attendance Allowance.