Aging seniors who are thinking of hiring an in-home caregiver from a reputable caregiving agency may qualify for veteran’s benefits to help pay for the care. If you a veteran or the spouse of a veteran, you may be entitled to benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Unfortunately, the majority of veterans are not aware that these benefits exist.
Types VA Benefit Programs
There are several different programs available to wartime veterans over the age of 65 or their spouses. These programs provide supplemental income that can be used for a caregiver – if you qualify. The dollar amount you receive can be substantial. For example, a single veteran may receive up to $1,758.92 per month, or $21,107.00 per year. The supplement is deposited directly into your bank account.
- The VA Pension
The Veterans Pension and Survivors Pension benefit program is offered to United States military veterans or their widowed spouses based on need.
Eligibility: The veteran must have served a minimum of 90 days of active duty, and at least one of those days must have been during wartime. In addition, the veteran must meet one of the following: be over 65 with limited income, receive Social Security Disability Insurance, receive Supplemental Security income, be disabled or be a nursing home patient.
- Aid & Attendance
The Aid & Attendance program is available to veterans who are eligible for a VA pension and require assistance of another person. The financial qualifications for this benefit differ from the qualifications for a VA pension, so you might qualify even if you do not qualify for the basic pension.
Eligibility: You must meet one of these eligibility requirements: be bedridden, be a patient in a nursing home, have limited eyesight or require the aid of another person to perform activities of daily living such as bathing, feeding, meal preparation, medication management, dressing and toileting.
- Housebound Benefits
Housebound veterans and their surviving spouses who are eligible for the VA pension and who are also housebound can look into an additional VA benefit. Veterans cannot receive both the Aid & Attendance benefit and the Housebound benefit at the same time.
Eligibility: Housebound benefits are for veterans and surviving spouses who are eligible for the VA pension and who are confined to the premises due to a disability. Veterans who are housebound leave the home for doctors’ appointments and require assistance when leaving the home.
Home Helpers of South Shore
Home Helpers of South Shore is an in-home healthcare agency owned and operated by a compassionate health professional with a strong understanding of the needs of aging seniors. Their caregivers take a personal, hands-on approach to caregiving that provides the best possible home care. Contact Home Helpers to help develop an individualized care plan to benefit your aging loved one.
Please fill out the form on the left and we will get in touch with you about setting up in-home health care, or call us at 781-585-1244 to determine the plan that is right for you.
We serve the following communities:
Abington , Braintree , Brockton , Buzzards Bay , Carver , Cohasset, Dighton , Duxbury , Falmouth , Halifax , Hanson , Hingham , Holbrook , Hull , Humarock , Kingston , Lakeville , Marshfield , Mashpee , Middleboro , Norwell , Pembroke , Plymouth , Plympton , Quincy , Randolph , Rockland , Sandwich , Scituate , Taunton , Wareham , Weymouth , Whitman