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Can a Surviving Spouse Get Help through the VA for Home Care?

Care for Aging Veterans in Cherry Hill NJ

This is an important question. There are numerous pension programs made available through the VA that can help veterans of all ages receive proper care and support at home. One of the most effective is the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

Care for Aging Veterans in Cherry Hill NJHowever, this particular pension is not available to all veterans. In order to qualify, the veteran needs to have served at least one day during an active time of combat, as defined by Congress. This does not mean they needed to serve in a forward combat situation, but their time of service needs to have been during or overlapped a time of official combat, such as World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the Gulf War.

If they served before 1991, they need to have served at least 90 days of active duty service. If their time of service fell during the Gulf War, they need to have served a minimum of two years active duty.

They also need to be able to show that home care support services is absolutely necessary at this point in his or her life. They need to meet certain income and asset threshold limits and be honorably discharged from service.

For those veterans who would qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, their spouse or other dependents may also qualify.

Surviving spouses may also qualify.

The widow of a qualifying veterans may also be eligible for some benefit through the Aid and Attendance pension. The veteran would need to have qualified based on the same conditions, and the surviving spouse would also be required to prove that home care services are necessary right now.

The surviving spouse will not be eligible to receive the same amount of pension the veteran would have received if he or she was still alive. However, getting some financial assistance to pay for home care services can be crucial for those who may be struggling with their own basic care, safety, or quality of life at home.

Any surviving spouse or his or her family member who may be concerned about their welfare at home and whose spouse served in the United States military and may qualify for this particular pension is encouraged to apply for it. The sooner they apply, the better it can be because it could take a long time, up to nine or more, to have the application approved. Starting now is the best course of action.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Cherry Hill, NJ, please contact Always There In Home Health Care at 856-409-5978.

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Mariela McCarrie

Mariela Vila Mc Carrie started Always There in Home Health Care 8 years ago inspired by her mother, who today stills sufferers with vesicular dementia.

As a family owned and run home care company she had to make several big decisions, whether to invest in a franchise or explore other options?

For Mariela after reviewing the restrictions and cost’s associated with a franchise the decision was easy the care she wanted to offer her clients should not be based on monthly franchise payment it should be based on the client’s needs.

At Always There we only hire the most qualified caregivers and in order to do that we offer an excellent starting salary. We would rather pay caregivers then a franchise company.

Mariela as the owner of Always There and unlike other owners of home care agencies, she visits every client first. We believe that if the owner cannot take the time to visit a family wanting to discuss home care for their loved then they don’t deserve the privilege of caring for that person.

As a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Certified Senior Advisor Mariela and her team of certified caregivers have provided care to families throughout south Jersey with over 60% of our clients requesting live-in care.

When deciding if homecare is right for you and your family be sure to consider the number of years a company/office has in the industry, whether or not the owners make themselves personally available 24 hours 7 days a week and most important do they only employ certified professionals to care for your loved one. After all They deserve it.

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