When people join the armed forces, they understand there is certain risk involved. They might be sent into harm’s way. They could be injured and disabled during their time of service.
When a veteran is injured or disabled, whether it was the direct result of their time in service, something that happened afterward, an accident on the highway, or anything else, they may be facing a long and lengthy recovery. If expectations are tempered with regard to recovery, they might be relying on a spouse or even parents for many years to come.
Any parent who is supporting an adult child who has been injured or disabled is dealing with an extremely difficult emotional and physical challenge. It all depends, of course, on the physical capabilities of this adult child, but if they have difficulty getting out of bed, if they can’t walk on their own, it’s going to tax their support system to its limit.
Home care is a great option for these veterans.
Depending on the situation, some of these veterans may be limited with regard to their income and assets. They simply might not have a lot of money coming in, but maybe only through a disability payment at the moment. That might not be enough to pay for home care support, so some of these veterans never look into this option further.
For them and their family, it’s a good idea to consider looking into the Aid and Attendance Benefit. This pension was developed following World War I in order to provide financial assistance to soldiers returning from battle who had been injured. It expanded through the years and provides financial assistance to veterans of all ages, whether they saw active combat or not, and whether they were actually injured or disabled during service or not.
In order for veterans to qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, they need to have served at least 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. A minimum of one day of their service needs to have overlapped an official time of combat, as defined by Congress. If a veteran served any time during the Gulf War, they need to have served a minimum of two years active duty. The veteran also needs to be able to prove home care is necessary at this point in his or her life.
Finally, their income and assets, together, cannot exceed $119,000.
Taking care of an adult veteran child isn’t easy, and if you thought it was impossible to rely on home care services because of the cost, the Aid and Attendance Benefit could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for, so look into it now.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care for an aging veteran in Mercerville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
Care Street Home Health Care LLC is a division of Ocean Healthcare, a network of New Jersey-based healthcare centers and services founded in 1973 by Melvin and Debbie Feigenbaum. Melvin and Debbie both came from warm, close-knit backgrounds that emphasize the centrality of family. The values of respect, responsibility, and dignity run deep in the Feigenbaum family; they share a strong sensitivity to the importance of caring for others, particularly the elderly and disabled.
The Care Street mission is straightforward and compelling: to provide a comprehensive range of the highest quality home health services in a professional and efficient manner that will enhance our clients' quality of life and empower families to keep their loved one at home.
Care Street has earned a reputation of excellence among hundreds of families, and is recommended by medical professionals and hospital discharge planners throughout the State.
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