Aid and Attendance and Housebound Improved Pension is a little known, little used benefit for veterans and their spouses. A and A, as it is often called, can be of great benefit for older veterans and their spouses. However, because too few people know about the program, including those in the Department of Veterans Affairs, we thought we’d share some information about the program and how it can help pay for senior health care, including in-home care in Milwaukee.
Although the program has been available to seniors for 61 years, information about income and the wording of eligibility criteria in particular can be a bit confusing. To be eligible for the pension, the veteran must have served at least 90 days on active duty during a time of war. The veteran must also be considered totally disabled. However, under the program, those over the age of 65 are considered “totally disabled” and are thus eligible for the pension, which can also extend to the veteran’s spouse or widow.
The program is specifically for those who need assistance with dressing, eating, toileting, bathing and/or medication reminders. While funds from A and A can be used to supplement the cost being paid for at a nursing home or assisted living facility, seniors can also use the costs to pay for in-home care, allowing them to remain in the comfort of home with all of their personal belongings. The amount of the pension will vary, but the benefit will generally pay up to $2,019 per month for a veteran and their spouse and $1,094 for the surviving spouse.
The application is lengthy. It is also important to remember that it is illegal for anyone to charge to help fill out the form. For more information about the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Program, click here and reach out to Home Care Assistance for more information about hourly or 24 hour care in Milwaukee. We are available to help 24/7 – 414-964-8000.