A Primer on Aid and Attendance for Veterans

This is a guest post by Penny Rodenbaugh, a Certified Estate Planner, Certified Senior Advisor, Member of the National Ethics Bureau, and member of the National Notary Association. Penny provides services for senior citizens, the “sandwich” generation, “baby boomers,” veterans, business owners, and those in the midst of estate administration or divorce matters.

What is the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension benefit?

The Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension is a federal assistance program offering a monthly benefit payment from the Department of Veterans Affairs designed to provide care for veterans or surviving spouses who are disabled or frail and might have trouble living on their own. The benefit is paid in an income to the veteran or surviving spouse, not the care provider, and the funds can be used for anything, although most need the money to pay for needed care and medical expenses.

Who is eligible for the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension benefit? According to the Department of Veterans Affairs website, Aid and Attendance Pension is a benefit paid in addition to monthly pension. This benefit may not be paid without eligibility to pension. A veteran may be eligible when the veteran requires the aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, attending to the wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting himself/herself from the hazards of his/her daily environment. The veteran can also be eligible if bedridden, in that his/her disability or disabilities requires that he/she remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment, or a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity, blind, or so nearly blind as to have corrected visual acuity of 5/200 or less, in both eyes, or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.

While you may apply for Aid and Attendance Pension benefits by writing to your VA regional office, both I and Maselli Warren, P.C. offer extensive knowledge of the benefit and a host of services to assist you in the application process. To ensure the highest level of service and long term care assistance, we have dedicated our resources to create relationships with assisted living facilities, at home care providers and other senior advocates, and we host complimentary informational workshops in retirement communities across the nation.

Contact Maselli Warren, P.C. or Penny Rodenbaugh today to determine if you or a parent are eligible for Aid and Attendance benefits. Penny can be reached at (215) 353 1707, or at pennyandassociates@yahoo.com.

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