Each November 11th on Veterans Day we celebrate and honor the heroism of so many who served the United States through their service in the military. As a sign of gratitude the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers many programs and services for veterans and their surviving spouses. The War Veteran's Aid and Attendance Pension is one of special interest to veterans and their spouses who may require assistance with activities of daily living. The Aid and Attendance benefit is designed to supplement, or in some instances cover, the cost of Assisted Living care. With a total maximum benefit of $22,113 annually there is great incentive for completing the application process, but specific criteria must be met to qualify, below are several:
• The Veteran had to serve a minimum of 90 days of active military service and at least one day of that service had to occur during a period of war. The veteran's discharge had to be under conditions other than dishonorable.
• The veteran or surviving spouse need assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, or feeding. Documentation showing the need for assistance with activities of daily living, in the form of the assisted living community resident assessment, and physician's resident assessment must be provided for aid and attendance benefits at some point during the claim processing.
• Income and net worth limits must also be met since this is a need based program.
From application to completion the Aid and Attendance Pension process can be a daunting task. Several local advisers offer assistance as they guide through the maze of paperwork. If you have any questions regarding this procedure or would like more information on how to contact an adviser please feel free to contact Sheila McArdle RN, Executive Director of Tapestry House Assisted Living and Gardens of Roswell Assisted Living at (770) 649-0808.