As a veteran-owned home care business, we hold a unique perspective and deep commitment to serving those who have bravely served our nation. Veterans are more than just clients to us; they are part of a community that we intimately understand and respect.
You may find that you require home care services for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s due to age, injury, or illness, assistance with activities of daily living can significantly improve your quality of life. Fortunately, several programs are available to veterans that can provide the necessary care and support at home.
These initiatives, backed by organizations like the Department of Veterans Affairs, aim to honor the service of veterans by ensuring they receive the care they are entitled to and deserve.
The programs encompass a wide range of services, from personal care and homemaking to respite for caregivers and adult day care. They are designed to support not only the veterans but also their surviving spouses, acknowledging the sacrifices made by the whole family in service to the country.
Resources For Veterans
There are many resources to help you as a veteran receive the care you need to improve your quality of life. From help with personal hygiene to meal preparation to light housekeeping, there is a program to fit your needs.
Eligibility for these programs is determined by various factors, including the nature and duration of your service, your current health status, and your financial situation. It’s important to explore all options and understand the benefits available to you.
Simplifying the VA Aid and Attendance Pension Eligibility
To help you determine if you’re eligible for the VA Aid and Attendance Pension Eligibility, there are three main qualifications. They are Military, Medical, and Money, these are known as the “3-M’s.” To qualify, you or your surviving spouse have to meet the following criteria:
- Military: Are you a veteran or are you a surviving spouse of a veteran who had served at least 90 days? These 90 days have to be on active duty with at least one day during wartime. The veteran serving had to have a dishonorable discharge. However, if you’re a Persian Gulf War veteran, you will have had to serve two years of active duty.
- Medical: Is your medical condition non-service related that is causing you to need assistance with your activities of daily living?
- Money: Are your income and assets limited? (Your car and home are exempt from this)
Did you serve during one of the VA’s Defined War Time Periods?
- World War II: December 7, 1941-December 31, 1946
- Korean Conflict: June 27, 1950-January 31, 1955
- Vietnam Era: August 5, 1964-May 7, 1975. The Veterans who served from February 28, 1961-August5, 1964 must have served in Vietnam.
- Gulf War: August 2, 1990-Feb 28, 1991. You must have served on active duty for two years.
Very few people know or understand how this pension works even though it has been active for about 60 years. You do not have to have a disability that is connected to your service time to be eligible for the “Aid and Attendance” program.
If you are a veteran who was discharged but didn’t have any suffering or illness because of your military service but are suffering from a non-military disability or disease now, you could be eligible, from the VBA, for a pension.
Skilled Home Health Care (SHHC) Services
Skilled home health care is a healthcare service that is short-term. It’s provided to homebound veterans or veterans who live far away from a VA. Community-based home health agencies provide home care and often possess contracts with the VA.
This program is for veterans who are in need of case management, skilled services, and assistance with daily living or the activities of everyday life. It would also apply to veterans if their caregivers need respite or if they are isolated.
Homemaker/Home Health Aide (H/HHA) Services
A veteran can remain living in their home with the services of a Home Health Aide or Homemaker. Use veteran home health care services as an alternative to nursing home care and give the caregiver respite care. Veteran home care programs help people stay in their homes for as long as possible.
VA’s Family Caregivers Program
This program provides assistance and support to caregivers of post-9/11 Veterans and Service Members who are being medically discharged. Primary family caregivers who are eligible can receive mental health services, training, a stipend, and access to health insurance if they don’t have a plan. Travel and lodging reimbursement can also be provided.
You may be eligible for in-home care for veterans because of your service time in the military if you are ill or disabled. Check with the VA to see what programs you might be eligible for.
Other Resources Available to Veterans
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and there are many other resources available in addition to home care services for veterans depending on individual circumstances and needs.
- Lifeline for Vets: Talk to a Veteran you can trust- 888-777-4443
- National Suicide Hotline, Veterans Crisis Line (available by phone, text, or chat): Dial 988 then Press 1, or send a text to 838255 or call 1-800-273-8255
- Burials and Memorials, Reviews and Appeals, Disability, Healthcare, and Education and Training resources can all be found at VA.gov.
Our mission goes beyond providing top-notch home care services. We honor the sacrifices of our veterans and ensure they receive the dignity, respect, and care they deserve in their later years.
Our home care services are also extended to the surviving spouses of veterans, understanding that they too are part of the broader military family we are dedicated to serving.
It is not just about business; it is about duty, recognition, and an unwavering commitment to those who have served our country. Through Select Home Care Portland, we aim to uphold the values of camaraderie, respect, and honor that are ingrained in every veteran’s heart.