6. VA Aid & Attendance*
Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and who require the aid and attendance of another person (or are housebound) may be eligible for additional monthly payments above the normal pension amount. VA pension can help pay for the assistance one may need for everyday tasks such as medication management, eating, bathing, and dressing.
- The approval process averages nine months but, it pays retroactively upon approval of eligibility.
- The amount of the award depends on the income of the applicant and the actual costs of care they pay monthly.
- The VA does not differentiate between a nursing home and assisted living community in their definition of “nursing home.” As a result, in most states, residents of assisted living communities frequently qualify for the benefit.
Tip: Readers should know that the Aid and Attendance benefit is often referred to by other names. One will sometimes hear the names “improved pension”, “VA assisted living benefit” or “veterans elder care benefits”. These are various names for the same program, which, as mentioned before, is an additional benefit added to the basic VA pension.
*Information provided by A Place for Mom