Benefits



Benefit to Veterans for Home Care Costs
 
There comes a point in time in our lives that we simply cannot take care of all of our personal needs. We may need help routine daily activities such as cooking meals, taking our meds or simply getting out of a chair or moving around the house. Many times this care can be provided by a family member who may live close by. But for those who don’t have a family care provider, a whole new industry is developing to care for the needs of the Baby Boomer generation. Home care agencies are springing up throughout the country to take care of the needs of our aging seniors.
 
For a modest cost, these agencies will provide skilled or unskilled personnel to care for the needs of individuals and families. I have met with clients that may need some type of assistance on a daily basis for a few hours. I have several clients that needs assistance around the clock, 24/7. Generally speaking the cost for this type of care is not covered by any type of insurance. Home Care is available if you have the financials means to pay for the service.
 
If you are a wartime veteran or the surviving spouse of a wartime veteran the cost of home care services may be covered by a benefit known as Aid and Attendance. This VA benefit is formally known as the Improved Pension and is available to veterans who have served during a wartime period, need assistance with activities of daily living and have a financial need. The process in obtaining the benefit is quite cumbersome and should be explored only if it appears that the need for care will be long term. If home care is necessary for a short period of rehab, I wouldn’t suggest Aid and Attendance.
 
Most of us are not too anxious to trade the comfort and familiar surrounding of our homes for that of a senior residence or assisted living facility. Home care is a very good alternative if you can afford it. But remember, if you are a wartime veteran or surviving spouse of a wartime veteran, the Aid and Attendance benefit may allow you to stay in your home a little longer because the cost of home care is now affordable.
 
Please contact me with any questions regarding Aid and Attendance.
 
Jim Malinowski
 
Canton: (734)495-9530 | Downriver: (734) 283-0546 | Jackson: (517) 499-7278

Benefits

Veteran Aid & Attendance estatement of monthly benefits:


Veteran and Spouse = $2054

Veteran only = $1732

Surviving Spouse = $1113

Married Spouse = $1360


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