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Elderly veterans and VA benefits

According to the 2012 U.S. Census brief, veterans age 65 or older numbered in excess of 12.4 million. These veterans served in conflicts around the world, including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War. As veterans age, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will provide benefits and services that address a variety of issues, including changing health risks and financial challenges.

VA Benefits

Elderly veterans may be eligible for a variety of benefits available to all U.S. military veterans. Such VA benefits include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial. See the Veterans page on the VA website for an overview of the benefits available to all veterans.

VA Benefits for Elderly Veterans

Two VA programs provide certain elderly Veterans with an additional monetary amount if they are eligible for or receiving a VA Pension benefit.

Aid and Attendance (A&A) is an increased monthly pension amount paid if the veteran:

  • Is in need of help performing daily functions, which might include bathing, eating, or dressing.
  • Is bedridden.
  • Is a patient in a nursing home.
  • Has eyesight that is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes, or has a concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.

Only one of these above conditions need to be met for eligibility.

Housebound is an increased monthly pension amount paid if the veteran is substantially confined to his or her immediate premises because of a permanent disability.

VA Healthcare for Elderly Veterans

Geriatrics is health care for elderly veterans with complex needs. Extended care – also known as long term care – is a program for veterans of all ages who need the daily support and assistance of another individual. Elderly veterans can receive geriatric and long term care programs at home, at VA medical centers, or in the community. Please see the following links for more information on care for elderly veterans:

Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care

A Homemaker or Home Health Aide is a trained person who comes to a veteran’s home to aid in the veteran’s self-care. Homemakers and Home Health Aides are not nurses, but they can assist veterans with the needs of their day-to-day lives.

This program is for veterans who need skilled services, case management, and help with activities of daily living. Examples of such assistance includes help with bathing, dressing, fixing meals or taking medicines. This program is also for veterans who are isolated. And, the program can be used to provide relief to the caregivers of veterans as well.

A Homemaker or Home Health Aide can be used as a part of an alternative to nursing home care, and as a way to get respite care at home for veterans and their family caregivers. The services of a Homemaker or Home Health Aide can help veterans remain living in their own homes and can serve veterans of any age. Homemaker and Home Health Aide services can also be used in combination with other Home Based and Community Services.

Homemaker Home Health Aides work for organizations that have contracts with VA. Care & Comfort at Home for Seniors and Veterans is one such organization, having been named by the VA as a “Preferred Provider.” We care for many veterans who are receiving this benefit.

How To Apply

If you or your loved one needs help in applying for benefits, please contact Care & Comfort at Home for Seniors and Veterans.  We have partnered with an organization — American Veteran Care Connection (AVCC) — that assists veterans with the application process. AVCC helps elderly veterans cut through any “red tape,” so that they get the home care they need and deserve, as quickly as possible. To get assistance with an application for VA benefits, please call us at 630-333-9262 or contact us via our website by clicking HERE.

Information courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA)

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