VETERANS AID & ATTENDANCE PROGRAM
What is it?
Aid and Attendance is a VA financial pension assistance program for those veterans and surviving spouses who are eligible and require the aid and attendance of another person, or who are housebound.
The Department of Veterans Affairs designed this pension to provide care for Veterans and/or surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist with eating, bathing, dressing, undressing, medication dosing or other activities of daily living.
This is a “Pension Benefit” and IS NOT dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home (such as those services offered by Nightingale Private Care).
Who is eligible?
Any veteran who has served 90 days or more in active military service (reserves are not eligible), with at least one day during a war time period (named war), and who was honorably discharged. A surviving un-remarried spouse (widow or widower) of veterans are also eligible.
What about net worth?
Net worth is the sum of a claimants or beneficiary’s assets and annual income. You should report all of your net worth. For purposes of Aid and Attendance, the net worth limit effective December 1, 2018 is $127,061 (this amount can change annually).
How do you qualify?
Out-Of-Pocket Medical Expenses – including medications, insurance premiums and paid private duty care – are deducted from monthly income when determining eligibility.
If the expenses exceed the income, the veteran is eligible. A doctor also must certify that the applicant’s health requires him or her to receive care from others.
What is your next step?
Call our dedicated VA Team number at 561-349-8992 to speak with one of our qualified team members and ask about our Veterans’ Aid & Attendance program. We work with highly trained consultants who will assist you with the application process step by step. There is no fee to you and often home health services can begin the following month the application is submitted.
*Figures are from the Veteran’s Administration as of 12/01/18. You may contact the VA to verify current Aid and Attendance information, eligibility, and monthly payments.