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5 Points to Keep in Mind About Aid and Attendance

Care for Aging Veterans in Princeton NJ

When looking into the Aid and Attendance Benefit, either for yourself or a loved one, it may seem confusing at first. This particular pension, made available through the VA, is designed to provide financial assistance to those veterans who might require some type of home care support.Care-for-Aging-Veterans-in-Princeton-NJ

Here are five points to keep in mind about this particular pension, which could be instrumental to veterans and possibly the widows of qualifying veterans, at receiving proper care and support at home.

Point #1: The need for home care.

The veteran or his or her widow would need to be able to document clearly the need for home care support. If a doctor has recommended home care services, this would be a great way to prove that this support is necessary at this point in their life.

If a doctor has recommended it, the veteran will need to explain in clear detail why he or she feels it’s absolutely necessary at this point in their life. It could be for safety, comfort, or to be able to take care of themselves at a basic level.

Point #2: Time of service.

If a veteran has their service overlapping World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War, they need to have served at least 90 days’ active duty. They don’t need to have served in a forward combat situation, but they need to have served at least 90 days.

If their time of service overlapped the Gulf War, they need to have served at least two years in active duty.

Point #3: Active combat.

At least one day of their time in service needs to have overlapped a time of ‘active combat,’ as defined by Congress. This is defined as World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Gulf War.

This can be a point of confusion for some veterans. It doesn’t mean this veteran has to have served in a combat situation, directly fighting, but rather their time of service needs to overlap a time of official combat.

Point #4: Widows may qualify.

Veterans and widows of veterans may qualify for this particular pension. The veteran of the widow needs to meet all the criteria of veterans and need home care support. The widow would also need to specify and clearly document why home care support is necessary at this point in their life.

Point #5: Paying for support.

When filling out the Aid in Attendance Benefit application, it’s essential that veterans don’t pay for help from outside firms or consultants. This could be grounds for refusal or denial of coverage.

The more people know about the Aid and Attendance Benefit, the more it can help veterans who have difficulty maintaining their own basic care at home.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring care for aging veterans in Princeton, NJ or the surrounding areas, please call Independence Home Care today at 609-208-1111 for more information.

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Teresa Sajkowski, RN BSN CHPN

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