A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable may qualify for VA health care benefits. Reservists and National Guard members may also qualify for VA health care benefits if they were called to active duty (other than for training only) by a Federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty.
There are many seniors’ services and care funding available once enrolled in a VA Health Plan. Such include standard medical benefits, Service-Connected Disability care, and VA Long Term Care Services. These long term care services include Respite Care, Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care, Home Based Primary Care, Adult Day Health, Hospice and Palliative Care, Skilled Home Health Care, and Nursing Home and Residential Care Settings. Visit http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book/benefits_chap01.asp for more information regarding enrollment, costs, and benefits associated with this program. Below is information about the programs.
SYNERGY HomeCare of Omaha would be happy to guide you through the process. Feel free to call us at 402-505-7300 to discuss these benefits and how we can provide outstanding in-home care to you or a loved one!
Veterans Pension: Tax-free monetary benefit paid to low-income war-time Veterans (their surviving spouses and their dependent children) in which the Veterans are also:
Visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/ for more information regarding this program.
Aid and Attendance: Tax-free benefit designed to provide financial assistance to help cover the cost of long term care in the home, in an assisted living facility, or in a nursing home. This benefit is for those Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person or caregiver in at least two of the daily activities of living such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring. These benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension, and they are not paid without eligibility to Pension. Visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/aid_attendance_housebound.asp for more information regarding this program.
Survivor’s Pension: Tax-free monetary benefit payable to a low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse and/or unmarried child (ren) of a deceased Veteran with wartime service. Visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/PENSION/spousepen.asp for more information regarding this program.
Note: Both the Veterans Pension and the Survivor’s Pension can be used in conjunction with Aid and Attendance for an increased monthly pension.
Your county veterans service officers are familiar with these programs and can assist veterans in obtaining the benefits they’ve earned. The following is the contact info for local offices:
Respite Care: Respite Care services may be available up to 30 days each calendar year. A Home Health Aide can come provide care for the veteran for up to 6 hours in a row, day or night. Each visit (even if it is less than the 6-hour maximum) counts as 1 day of Respite Care. Respite Care is part of the VHA Standard Medical Benefits Package; as such, all enrolled Veterans are eligible IF they meet the clinical need for the service and it is available. Visit http://www.va.gov/geriatrics/guide/longtermcare/Respite_Care.asp for more information regarding this program.
Homemaker and Home Health Aid Care:Homemakers and Home Health Aides are for Veterans who need skilled services, case management, and assistance with activities of daily living (e.g., bathing and getting dressed) or instrumental activities of daily living (e.g., fixing meals and taking medicines); are isolated or their caregiver is experiencing burden. Services are based on the veteran’s assessed, as determined by a VA social worker. For example, an aide may be able to come to veteran’s house several times a week or just once in a while. Visit http://www.va.gov/geriatrics/guide/longtermcare/Homemaker_and_Home_Health_Aide_Care.asp for more information regarding this program.
Note: The veteran’s primary care provider at the Nebraska-Western Iowa VA Hospital identifies a veteran as home-care appropriate and writes an order for in-home care. The Community Health Nurse Manager then assigns a VA-certified home care agency, such as SYNERGY HomeCare of Omaha, to provide the care.
WWII: Dec 7, 1941 - Dec 31, 1946
Korean Conflict: Jun 27, 1950- Jan 31, 1955
Vietnam Era: Feb 28, 1961- May 7, 1975 (if Veteran initially served in the Republic of Vietnam during the onslaught of the war) Aug 5, 1964- May 7, 1975 for all other Veterans
Gulf War: Aug 2, 1990- date to be prescribed by Presidential Proclamation
All information in this document was retrieved from www.va.gov on November 29, 2016. The majority of the content in this document is derived verbatim from the site to maintain the integrity of the material.