IMPORTANT info for Veterans and their Spouses

by | Oct 2, 2012 | Elder Care Advising, VA Benefits

Who do you know who is a Veteran? Are they over 65 and did they serve during wartime (World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War)? If they are in need of assistance now because of declining health or aging, they may be missing out on veterans benefits they are legally entitled to.

Often, the clients we help with long term care issues are veterans. Therefore, as part of our services, we assist families in making sure they receive all the veterans benefits they may be entitled to for long term care. These benefits are often called “Aid and Attendance” benefits and are generally for wartime veterans over age 65 who need assistance with daily living. The VA benefits may be available to help pay for in home care, assisted living or even a nursing home. (Get our handout on who qualifies and how much you can receive.)

Some families may qualify for more than $2000 per month in benefits to help offset healthcare or long term care expenses. Under the VA rules, benefits can sometimes be used to pay a family member to provide care in the home.

Many veterans are missing out on this benefit and don’t even know it. If you know a wartime veteran who is over age 65 and may need assistance, please have them call us at 217-726-9200 to schedule an appointment and discuss the situation.