Veteran’s Administration Aid and Attendance Application
Who is Aid and Attendance for?
The Aid and Attendance benefit is for veterans or their surviving spouses. Oftentimes, when veterans reach old age, they need financial assistance to afford the care they require. This is especially important when a veteran can no longer live on their own. The VA Aid and Attendance benefit is provided to ensure that a veteran or their spouse can afford the quality care they need.
Senior Planning can help. Knowing how the process works, and knowing what you are eligible for, can help you make the right decision for you or your family.
What is Aid & Attendance?
Aid and Attendance is a monthly supplemental payment that helps veterans and their spouses who can no longer care for themselves independently. As people age, they often require a different level of care and may use different services to get the help they need. Working with the VA can help you get the right level of care that you need.
The services offered by Aid and Attendance can be varied depending on the situation. The monthly supplemental cash payment that Aid & Attendance provides can cover in-home services or residential care. It is flexible to help you and your family get the help you need while maintaining the level of independence you want.
The amount of supplemental cash that you receive depends on several factors; most importantly whether you’re married and what level of income you have. The cash that you receive can help you plan for your long-term care in the future and be prepared for the next steps as they come.
How to apply for Veterans Aid & Attendance Pension Benefit
To qualify for Aid & Attendance benefits, you must meet at least one of the following standards:
- Need another person to help perform daily activities, like bathing, eating, or dressing.
- Bedbound due to chronic condition or illness.
- The applicant is a patient in a nursing home due to the loss of physical or mental capabilities.
- Your eyesight is limited even with glasses or contacts.
If at least one of the above applies to you, you may be eligible for Aid and Attendance monthly supplemental payments.
When filling out the application, you will need to detail why you require Aid and Attendance. Senior Planning can help guide you. Completing the forms with the correct information is important to get the right coverage for your situation. Any mistakes or clerical errors can result in denial or delay of benefits.
Each case is determined as it comes in, unless an applicant requires priority processing. Getting approved can take a long time so if you suspect that you need Aid and Attendance, it’s recommended that you start the application process early with the right information so you can get approved as quickly as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions about the VA Aid & Attendance Application
What if I do not meet the eligibility requirements of Aid and Attendance?
If you do not meet the above qualifications but are homebound, you may qualify for housebound benefits. Housebound benefits cover veterans with VA pension if you’re unable to leave your home because of a permanent disability.
What type and kinds of care does Aid & Attendance typically pay for?
The monthly supplemental income from Aid and Attendance can be used in different ways, depending on your needs. If you require long-term assistance in your home to complete daily tasks, you can use it for that. You can also use it for paying for nursing or assisted living facilities that can provide a different level of care.
How long does the Aid and Attendance application process take?
Getting Aid and Attendance can be a long process to get the help that you and your family need. Since it can be such a long process, it is important to get started early and get help filing the right paperwork. Getting the process started early with the right information will help ensure that you get the money that you need to receive the help and care you require.
What documents are required for VA Aid and Attendance benefit ?
There are many forms that need to be completed before opening a claim to the VA for Aid and Attendance. For example, you will need copies of up to three years of bank statements, proof of income, military discharge paperwork, medical statements in support of claim, basic pension form, authorization to disclose information to the VA, and more. Give us a call today if you have any questions.