Posted on October 7, 2011
The VA Aid and Attendance Benefit is available to many veterans and their surviving spouses. If you qualify, this benefit will assist you in paying for the extra assistance that you may need at home or in any residential setting. We are very excited to be able to provide guidance to this benefit as it has helped several existing clients to continue receiving services that they are receiving from Constant Companions Home Care.
- This benefit applies to veterans and surviving spouses who require assistance in bathing, dressing, meal preparation, medication supervision, meal preparation and assistance with any other activities of daily living.
- Qualifying veterans have served at least 90 days of active duty with at least 1 day during active war time.
- Qualifying surviving spouses must have been married at the veteran’s time of death.
Service Eligibility Dates:
Financial and Medical Qualifications
- Assets cannot total more than $80,000 excluding home, annuities, vehicles, pre-paid funeral expenses and other items.
- A primary care physician can certify a veteran’s need for personal care services.
- Available to those who need assistance in their own homes, assisted living facilities, board and care facilities and skilled nursing facilities.
- A veteran can receive up to $1519 per month and a surviving spouse may be eligible to receive up to $976 per month. A married couple may qualify for up to $1801 per month.
The Application Process
Applications can take anywhere from 3-6 months to process, however, payment for services can extend back to the date of the initial application. If you are in need of immediate benefits ask if they can expedite the process.
To apply for this benefit contact your Regional Veteran’s Administration Office.
Three helpful websites:
VA Website: http://www1va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp