Veterans Resources and Home Care
If you are a veteran and need home care, you could be eligible through various programs. These programs help veterans get the help they are qualified for and deserve. This covers surviving spouses as well as veterans, so they get the home care benefits they need.
Resources for veterans
There are many resources to help you, as a veteran, to 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.
Simplifying the VA Aid and Attendance Pension Eligibility
To help to 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:
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.
Is your medical condition non-service related that is causing you to need assistance with your activities of daily living?
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 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.
- Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990-date described by Presidential Proclamation or law. You have to had 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
SHHC is a healthcare service which is short-term. It’s provided to homebound veterans or veterans who live far away from a VA. Community-based home health agencies provide the home care, and often possess contracts with the VA. This program is for veterans who are in need of case management, skilled services, 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 H/HHA services as an alternative to nursing home care and to give the caregiver respite care.
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, 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 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.