The Senior Veterans Care Network's USVetinHome program provides information and assistance regarding receiving home care for veterans and surviving spouses. If you or your spouse receives Veteran's Benefits and has been rated as Housebound or in need of Aid & Attendance by the VA, you may be able to be reimbursed for payments made to a family member, friend, or hired help for assistance they provide with the activities of daily living.
Senior Veterans can help claimants receive Aid & Attendance Benefits by assisting in the following areas:
A person may be considered Housebound or in need of Aid & Attendance if he or she can no longer perform the following daily activities without help:
In addition, Aid & Attendance may be granted if the claimant is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's and requires regular care or assistance to avoid hazards or dangers in his or her daily environment.
The Aid & Attendance benefit is provided to cover long-term nursing or medical care that takes place in the home. The home care for veterans services that may be covered are listed above, but other services such as paying bills, providing transportation for other personal needs or other family members, or cooking and cleaning for other family members may not be covered. It's very important to be able to provide evidence that "regular" (scheduled and ongoing) care is needed. Though the care does not have to be 24 hours a day.
The attendant does not have to be a licensed health care professional, and there is no need to distinguish between medical and nonmedical care, but claimants must be able to provide documentation to the VA that the person is paid for their services. The most efficient method of documentation is to create a formal care contract and weekly payment invoices. These costs can not be reimbursed by insurance or paid by others.
Prior to the application, arrangements for both care and payment should be made, and the claimant should schedule an appointment with his or her primary physician to determine if they are rated "Housebound" or in need of "Aid & Attendance." Aid & Attendance is automatically granted if the veteran or surviving spouse is a patient in a nursing home or is blind or has severe visual problems.
To learn more, simply contact us online or call 929-367-8387.