VA Benefits for Assisted Living

May 15, 2020

Like many elderly Americans, veterans and their spouses are often faced with challenges that can impede their independence. Luckily, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers benefits that can help. Depending on specific service history and eligibility, war veterans and their spouses may be able to take advantage of the VA’s Aid & Attendance and Housebound program, which can help with personal care for beneficiaries whose physical needs qualify for such assistance.

The Aid & Attendance benefits are often put in place to provide financial help, paying for needed services for veteran residents in assisted living facilities. While the program does not pay for rent, it can help pay for services of care providers, such as nursing or caregiving.

Aid & Attendance and Housebound Program

Part of the monthly pension program, the Aid & Attendance benefit is available as an additional benefit for veterans and survivors who qualify. Recipients already receiving pension payments are eligible for the additional benefit if one of the following conditions is met:

  • The beneficiary requires another person’s help to bathe, dress, eat, use the toilet, or stay safe from hazards.
  • The beneficiary is confined or bedridden beyond a temporary situation, such as recovery from surgery.
  • The beneficiary needs nursing home care due to physical or mental disability.
  • The beneficiary has limited eyesight, such as 5/200 corrected visual acuity or less in both eyes, or a field of vision measured at five degrees or less.

Who Is Eligible for VA Aid & Attendance Benefits?

The program is available to war veterans and their surviving spouses who are unable to care for themselves. In order to qualify, the recipient must have a net worth below $129,094. This figure accounts for most assets and annual household income, excluding out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Applying for Benefits

VA benefits can be extremely helpful, but the application process can be stressful and complicated. The VA requires lots of forms and paperwork to approve benefits. It can be enormously beneficial to start the process early, but the need for benefits often arises before it is established.

Though the VA attempts to expedite claims for applicants who are terminally ill or very old, applications could take months.

The long, complicated process involves medical verification of the need for services, verification of military service, and verification of financial eligibility. Specific required forms need to be submitted in order to avoid a rejection of the claim. Due to the complicated process, it is recommended to speak to a lawyer experienced with elder law for legal guidance.

Brooklyn Elder Law Lawyers at Korsinsky & Klein, LLP Assist Veterans with Legal Issues

Personal and medical care is expensive. Luckily, helpful VA benefits are available to support veterans and their spouses. Unfortunately, the process to obtain benefits is arduous. Our experienced Brooklyn elder law lawyers at Korsinsky & Klein, LLP can simplify the process. For an initial consultation, contact us online or call us at 212-495-8133. We serve clients throughout New York and New Jersey from our offices in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Lakewood, New Jersey.