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Veteran Benefit Pay for Senior Care Costs

The Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension provides war­time veterans and their surviving spouses with tax-free financial aid, based on a VA means and assets test, for the following senior care needs:

  • In-home caregivers
  • Assisted living community
  • Nursing home/skilled care
  • Independent living or board and care residences
  • Adult day care center

Who Qualifies?

Veterans must have served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day during a period of war.

Eligible Periods of War

  • World War II: December 7, 1941-December 31, 1946, inclusive.
  • Korean Conflict: June 27, 1950-January 31, 1955, inclusive.
  • Vietnam Era: February 28, 1961- August 5, 1975, inclusive.
  • Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990, through date to be prescribed by presidential proclamation or law.

Additionally, the veteran:

  • Must require the assistance of another person to perform activities of daily living such as dressing, bath­ing, cooking, eating, and taking on or off prosthetics and leaving home.
  • Adequate medical evidence that they cannot function completely on his or her own, which is verified by a physician.
  • Financial Qualifications: Less than $70,000 in assets (excluding home and vehicles).
  • Honorable or General Under Honorable discharge conditions.
  • A surviving spouse must have been married to the veteran at the time of his or her passing.

Options to Obtain VA Benefits

Option One

Amada has a free comprehensive resource guide which includes the following:

  • Eligibility worksheet to determine if veteran or spouse will qualify
  • Application for veteran (VA Form 21-526)
  • Application for spouse of veteran (VA form 21-534)
  • Step-by-step guide to answering all questions in application
  • Medical statement for consideration of Aid and Attendance (VDVA Form 10). A physician needs to fill this out stating you need assistance with certain activities of daily living (ADLs) such as walking, feeding and bathing.
  • Checklist of all required forms and supporting documentation. For example, military discharge papers (DD-214) must be included.
  • Must include marriage certificate (for married veterans or surviving spouses).

Process Time: 3-6 months. In most cases benefits are retroactive.

Option Two

Amada has partnered with experts in the Department of Veterans Affairs Programs.

They can conduct a complimentary assessment of eligibility and more (fees may apply). They are able to:

  • Assign a representative to visit family on-site
  • Assist through the entire claims process
  • Provide a VA accredited letter of determination
  • Review denied VA claims
  • Assist families who are over qualified with financial planning

Process Time: Between one and three months. In most cases benefits are retroactive. 100% approval rate.

What can the benefits be used for?

  • In-home caregivers
  • Assisted living community
  • Nursing home/skilled care
  • Independent living or board and care residences
  • Adult day care center