When You Need Long-Term Care, Aid and Attendance Benefits Might Be the Answer

If you’re a veteran or surviving spouse seeking out home care services, Pension with Aid and Attendance benefits might be the perfect solution for you. Every year, thousands of veterans go without receiving the benefits that their pension entitles them to, solely because the process to get them is convoluted and hard to navigate. With AVCC, our goal is to offer clarity where there’s ambiguity—no more running around in circles trying to acquire the services you need to live a better life. We know how frustrating it can be to find veterans assistance services that align with your needs and budget. That’s why we make the process as seamless as possible; we make sure that you get the help that you need, right when you need it. We’ve listed some commonly asked questions about VA Pension with Aid and Attendance benefits so that you have as much information as possible about the services you need.

Who is eligible for Aid and Attendance?

The eligibility rules for Aid and Attendance pension benefits are fairly rigid (but also reasonably achievable for a lot of veterans). Qualifications include:

  • Must have served on active duty for at least 90 consecutive days with 1 day during a period of war, as defined by Congress
  • Must have been honorably discharged
  • If younger than 65, the veteran must be totally disabled (if over 65, there is no disability requirement. The same goes for a single surviving spouse)
  • The veteran household cannot have income—adjusted for unreimbursed medical expenses—exceeding the Maximum Allowable Pension Rate (MAPR) for that veteran’s pension income category. If adjusted income is less than the MAPR, the veteran receives a pension income that is equal to the difference between MAPR and the household income adjusted for unreimbursed medical expenses.

What are the benefits?

Some veterans require assistance for tasks of everyday living, including:

  • Bathing and showering
  • Personal hygiene and grooming
  • Dressing
  • Toilet hygiene
  • Functional mobility (or “transferring”)
  • Self-feeding

If you’re a veteran or a surviving spouse struggling to complete any of the aforementioned tasks, then you might be entitled to receive Pension with Aid and Attendance benefits from the VA. If you satisfy the qualifications listed under “Who is eligible for Aid and Attendance,” you may be eligible for funding. AVCC specializes in aligning veterans and their surviving spouses with high-quality home care services that can offer the assistance that you need. Aid and Attendance benefits allow you the financial freedom to receive the home care services you need to live a simpler, healthier life.

How do I start the process?

It’s one thing to identify what benefits you need; it’s another process entirely to go about receiving those benefits. So many veterans leave the VA feeling frustrated by their inability to get the help they need in a timely fashion. AVCC excels at helping veterans and their surviving spouses receive the pension benefits they deserve without having to wait an eternity. Our process matches veterans with exceptional home care providers in a manageable timeframe. Reach out to AVCC, and jumpstart your journey toward living a better life.