Planning for VA Aid & Attendance Eligibility

Elder Law Associates PA specializes in helping veterans, members of a veteran’s family, or the surviving spouse of a veteran understand how to obtain long term care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Most veterans are not aware of the eldercare benefits available through veterans health care, through state veterans homes, or for two disability income programs called Compensation and Pension. One particular program, called Veterans Pension, or more commonly known as the “Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit,” can provide money to pay for home care for veterans. Aid and Attendance can also be used to pay for assisted living for a veteran or the veteran's spouse and for nursing home care for a veteran or the veteran's spouse. The reason for using “aid and attendance” to refer to Pension is that many veterans or their single surviving spouses can become eligible if they have a regular need for the aid and attendance of a caregiver or if they are housebound.

A veteran can receive up to $1,949 per month from the Department of Veterans Affairs for veterans who served on active duty during wartime (i.e., World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, either of the Gulf Wars, etc.). To receive Pension, a veteran must have served on active duty, for at least 90 days, during a period of war. Further, there must be an honorable discharge.

Single surviving spouses of veterans who served on active duty are also eligible and can receive up to $1,056 per month from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

If younger than 65, the veteran must be totally disabled. If age 65 and older, there is no requirement for disability. There is no disability requirement for a single surviving spouse.

By planning to qualify for this benefit (there are stringent asset and income tests that restrict eligibility to only a limited group of qualified individuals), Elder Law Associates PA can help you secure benefits that will allow you to pay anyone, including your child or other relative, for home care services. It can also be used to help you pay for professional care in the home, for assisted living, or for nursing home expenses. Imagine having an extra $1,949 per month that you did not even know existed.

Roughly 1/3 of people over the age of 65 in this country have a potential to receive a benefit. Only 5%, however, of potentially eligible veterans are actually receiving benefits.

We provide Veterans Affair Aid services to the following cities/municipalities and the surrounding communities in South Florida.