The AVCC Difference: Aid and Attendance Benefits & More
At American Veterans Care Connection (AVCC), we pride ourselves on being a unique organization that helps connect Veterans who’ve served with essential resources to live comfortably. We’re always looking for new ways to help Veterans, their spouses, and caregivers receive the benefits they deserve, especially lesser-known benefits like VA Aid and Attendance.
Keep reading to discover more about the AVCC difference.
How AVCC Helps Aging Veterans
Veterans deserve the utmost support. Unfortunately, however, thousands of aging Veterans go without the services they need to maintain a comfortable standard of living. We’ve made it our life’s work to lighten the load and help Veterans, their spouses, family members, and caregivers navigate the complex process of securing their benefits and finding care.
We have a vast network of home care providers nationwide that can provide high-quality long-term care. Many aging individuals need extra assistance to perform day-to-day tasks but still prefer the independence and comfort of remaining at home. With our services, they can do just that. After all, after everything Veterans have done for our country, they deserve as much support as possible.
The Origins of AVCC
Our values have remained the same since the start. Jeanne Asher, a registered nurse working in home care, founded American Veterans Care Connection after struggling to find sufficient funding to assist her father, a wartime Veteran. Not only was the process a confusing and long ordeal, but she found that the only option available for her father was the Aid and Attendance pension. Plus, finding a qualified caregiver was a long, exhausting progress.
From her experiences, our founder vowed to work toward a solution so that no other Veteran or their loved ones would have to go through the same struggles she did. Since then, AVCC has prided itself on being connected with many qualified healthcare professionals that can easily provide assistance.
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For many seniors, having the option to receive necessary services at home is priceless. There’s comfort in greater familiarity with their surroundings, more chances to interact with loved ones, and greater independence. But that’s not where the benefits of home health services end. Aging Veterans can get the perks of:
Grocery Shopping, Feeding, and Meal Preparation
Toileting and Incontinence Care
Bathing, Grooming, and Hygiene Assistance
Understanding VA Aid and Attendance
There are countless benefits Veterans and their surviving spouses are entitled to, but one of the most common people don’t take advantage of often enough is VA Aid and Attendance. Aid and Attendance is a monthly pension benefit administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support Veterans, active duty personnel, military spouses, and their caregivers. Qualifying Veterans and surviving spouses often use this benefit to cover home care service costs.
For those who need the assistance of a caretaker but don’t have the financial resources to afford one out of pocket, this Veteran pension benefit is a great incentive.
How to Determine Eligibility for Aid and Attendance
To qualify for VA Aid and Attendance and apply for aid, at least one of the following must be true:
The Veteran must be at least 65 years old or
Have a permanent and total disability or
Be a recipient of Social Security Disability Insurance, or Supplemental Security Income or
Be a nursing home patient in need of long-term care because of a disability
Additionally, Veterans, military personnel, and surviving spouses must qualify for one of the following:
The person is on bedrest and spends a large portion of the day in bed due to an illness.
They need help performing daily activities, like feeding, bathing, and dressing.
This person is a nursing home resident due to the loss of mental or physical abilities related to a disability.
They have limited eyesight, and even with the aid of glasses or contact lenses, they only have 5/200 vision in less in both eyes, or their concentric contraction is five degrees or less.
How Income Impacts Your Aid and Attendance Eligibility
Along with the standard eligibility and service requirements, Aid and Attendance recipients must meet the net worth, countable income, and MAPR requirements.
Net worth refers to the potential recipient’s annual income between them and their spouse, plus the sum of their assets. Countable income is how much the individual and their spouse earn yearly, including Social Security and retirement payments, and MAPR is the max pension amount a person can receive. This number is determined by the person’s number of dependents and whether they’re married to another Veteran with a pension.
Veterans seeking their current pension rate should subtract their countable income from their MAPR. However, if any Veterans hold over $130,773 in assets, this amount makes them ineligible to qualify.
Other Benefits You Can Find With AVCC
Along with regular Aid and Attendance, AVCC can help people gain access to many other Veterans benefits, including:
Education Benefits Such as The GI Bill
Disability Housing Grants
Veteran-Owned Small Business Support
Get the Benefits You Deserve and Partner With AVCC Today
Determining the care options that are best for you is challenging, but AVCC was created with this goal in mind. We appreciate the sacrifices Veterans have made for us, and we go out of our way to set them up with well-rounded, affordable support.