The cost long term care can be exorbitant. Aside from the typical ways of paying for long-term care (private pay, long-term care insurance, Medicare, Medicaid; some of which may not apply to all of the above), there is a little known benefit provided by Department of Veterans Affairs. It is called the VA Aid and Attendance benefit. It can provide up to $1,056 to $1,949 per month to the Veteran and/or his or her surviving spouse if they qualify. Basic qualifications for the Veteran include:
- Served at least one day during the War Time period
- Served 90 consecutive days on active duty
- Received a discharge other than dishonorable
- Limited income and assets
- Permanent and total disability
- Disability caused without willful misconduct
- Over age 65
Assistance may be available whether at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing home. There are specialists authorized to provide Veterans with assistance in filing a claim and interpreting the benefit. Please call me for details or click to read a real life story of how the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit helped a veteran.
Contact Andrea Donovan if you think your loved one may qualify for the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit.
Andrea Donovan Senior Living Advisors
361 Nuttall Road Riverside, IL 60546 708-442-7174 708-415-2934 (cell)