Alzheimer's Care: Veterans Benefits

Forgetting but Never Forgotten

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and fatal disease affecting as many as 5.3 million Americans. It slowly destroys brain cells, causing memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior severe enough to affect your work, lifelong hobbies and social life. Currently, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s, making it the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.

Early detection is critical to increase the chances of benefitting from treatment. It also provides you and your loved ones more time to plan for the future and make choices that can maximize your independence and quality of life.

Alzheimer’s disease can happen to anyone – your loved one, your neighbor – even you. Don’t let it stop you from living the life you want! Learn how to create a safe and comfortable environment and to make tasks of daily living more manageable in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

Here are some helpful articles and links:

Videos

Seven Ways to Keep your Memory Sharp - The Dr. Oz Show//www.doctoroz.com/videos/seven-ways-keep-your-memory-sharpYou don’t have to lose your memory as you age! Start exercising your brain now!

What’s Your Risk for Alzheimer’s, Part 1 - The Dr. Oz Show//www.doctoroz.com/videos/whats-your-risk-alzheimers-pt-1 Dr. Oz and a leading expert in Alzheimer’s research explain how breakthrough’s in Alzheimer’s prevention can make it possible to stop Alzheimer’s before it stops.

What is Alzheimer’s Video - AboutAlz.org //www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_kO6c2NfmE&feature=youtu.be A short video explaining Alzheimer’s and the different stages as it progresses in the brain.

A message for patients and their families: A video from AboutAlz.org//www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEst_VxwA4U A video for patients and families of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

3 stages of Alzheimer’s disease introduced - CNN.com//www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/04/19/alzheimers.diagnosis.guidelines/index.htmlDoctors are suggesting a redefinition of Alzheimer’s that would include even mild memory and behavioral symptoms.

Articles

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Stress: Easing the Burden and Finding Support - WebMD.com //www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/role-caregiverHelpful tips for caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s Information and News - WebMD.com//www.webmd.com/alzheimers/default.htm This is a centralized resource for information and news on Alzheimer’s Disease.

Seven Ways to Still Connect and Communicate as Alzheimer’s Advances - WebMD.com //blogs.webmd.com/strong-at-the-broken-places/2010/10/seven-ways-to-still-connect-and-communicate-as-alzheimers-advances.html Those with Alzheimer’s struggle to express themselves, and their caregivers struggle to understand them.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Tips for Maintaining a Normal Life - WebMD.com//www.webmd.com/alzheimers/caregivers-09/memory-tips Tips are offered for those living with Alzheimer’s and dealing with the disease every day.

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s/Dementia: When to Call a Doctor - WebMD.com//www.webmd.com/alzheimers/caregivers-09/warning-signs If you’re worried about a loved one’s memory, here’s what you need to know -- and do.

Inside the Brain: An Interactive Tour - Alzheimer’s Association//www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_4719.asp The Brain Tour explains how the brain works and how Alzheimer’s affects it.

Managing Common Symptoms and Problems with mid-stage Alzheimer’s - HelpGuide.org //www.helpguide.org/articles/alzheimers-dementia/alzheimers-behavior-management.htm Tips for managing common behavior problems in mid-stage Alzheimer’s dementia such as wandering, hiding things, aggressiveness and difficulty eating.

Veterans May Qualify for Benefit to Help Pay for Home Care

The No. 1 challenge many Americans face is how they will pay for the health care they need.

What many veterans and their surviving spouses do not realize is that they may be eligible for up to $24,228 per year of tax-free money to pay for home care services.

Through our partnership with Veterans Care Coordination*, we are able to assist qualifying veterans and their spouses to apply for and obtain the Aid and Attendance Benefit through the Department of Veterans Affairs to help cover their medical expenses, including Home Helpers home healthcare services.

What makes this partnership unique is the fact that Veterans Care Coordination can offerinterest-free loan assistance to clients that cannot afford the up-front, out-of-pocket expense that is required.

Who’s Eligible?
  • Veteran, or surviving spouse of a veteran, who served 90 consecutive days of active duty with at least 1 day during a wartime period
  • Veteran did not need to serve overseas
  • Veteran/surviving spouse must have non-service connected medical condition which is not related to military service
  • Veteran/surviving spouse must require assistance with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, eating, medication management and personal care
  • Veteran/surviving spouse can have up to $80,000 in assets based on age/marital status (excludes home and car)
  • Veteran/surviving spouse must meet the Medical Expense-to-Income Ratio (i.e., home care services in place prior to application can count as a medical expense)
How Much Can Qualifying Veterans & Surviving Spouses Receive?

Veterans May Qualify for Benefit to Help Pay for Home Care

The No. 1 challenge many Americans face is how they will pay for the health care they need.

What many veterans and their surviving spouses do not realize is that they may be eligible for up to $24,228 per year of tax-free money to pay for home care services.

Through our partnership with Veterans Care Coordination*, we are able to assist qualifying veterans and their spouses to apply for and obtain the Aid and Attendance Benefit through the Department of Veterans Affairs to help cover their medical expenses, including Home Helpers home healthcare services.

What makes this partnership unique is the fact that Veterans Care Coordination can offerinterest-free loan assistance to clients that cannot afford the up-front, out-of-pocket expense that is required.

Who’s Eligible?
  • Veteran, or surviving spouse of a veteran, who served 90 consecutive days of active duty with at least 1 day during a wartime period
  • Veteran did not need to serve overseas
  • Veteran/surviving spouse must have non-service connected medical condition which is not related to military service
  • Veteran/surviving spouse must require assistance with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, eating, medication management and personal care
  • Veteran/surviving spouse can have up to $80,000 in assets based on age/marital status (excludes home and car)
  • Veteran/surviving spouse must meet the Medical Expense-to-Income Ratio (i.e., home care services in place prior to application can count as a medical expense)

Monitoring Services

Not quite in need of Care Services yet? Check out our Monitoring Services, with a wide array of monitoring services and medical alert devices designed to give seniors and others requiring in-home care the independence and safety they need.

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