Winter can be a tough season, especially for those men and women who have difficulty getting around. For veterans, especially those who may have been injured or disabled in some incident or who have reached a certain age and have difficulty getting around, winter can mean far too many days stuck inside.
When winter finally ends and spring is on the way, some veterans may still need assistance. Home care is a valuable resource that can help these individuals get out, enjoy the nice weather, and even get some valuable exercise.
Unfortunately for far too many veterans, affording home care may be something they don’t believe is reasonable. That’s where the Aid and Attendance Benefit can come in handy.
What is the Aid and Attendance Benefit?
This is a pension program made available through the VA that’s designed to help pay for home care support to qualifying veterans. Not every veteran is going to qualify for this pension, but only those that are considered wartime veterans.
What is a ‘wartime veteran?’
This is an individual who served at least one day of their active duty service during a time of official combat. Official combat is defined by Congress and basically covers World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. For these veterans, if they served at least 90 days (during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War) or two years (during the Gulf War), they may be eligible for financial assistance to pay for home care services if they’re on a limited income and don’t have many assets.
How can home care help?
Home care is a great asset for veterans from all walks of life. When a person has difficulty getting around, needs assistance getting out of bed, or needs to stay safe, an experienced home care aide can be a valuable asset. Not only can these caregivers provide emotional support, they can also assist with light housekeeping, laundry, shopping, preparing meals, and much more.
If a veteran is having difficulty living on their own in a safe and healthy manner, they should consider home care services. If they don’t believe it’s possible to afford this because of their income they might want to look into the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
Spring is in the air finally and there could be many benefits to relying on a home care aide to help that veteran get outside and enjoy life as they should.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Weston, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.