Your father served some time during the Vietnam War. You don’t really know much about his time of service because he never talked about it in detail. You understood that it was toward the end of the conflict and that yes, he was stationed somewhere in Southeast Asia, but beyond that you know little. As a veteran, you recognize he is slowing down. His physical capabilities have diminished significantly. You believe home care would be a great asset, but he doesn’t see any reason to look into that right now.
It can be frustrating, and your thoughts may turn to finances.
You assume he might not consider home care because of limited financial resources. After all, if he barely has any money left over at the end of the month because of rent, mortgage, taxes, utilities, food, health issues, and other expenses, the idea of paying for a home care aide could almost be laughable.
There is actually a pension available for those considered ‘wartime veterans.’
If your father served any time that overlapped a time of official combat, as defined by Congress, whether he saw combat or not directly, he may qualify for this pension, at least based only on his time of service. You may not know about a pension called the Aid and Attendance Benefit, but he might very well be aware of what it is.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit is for qualifying veterans. In order to qualify, the veteran needs to have served a minimum of 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. At least one day of that service needs to have overlapped a time of official combat. That would include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If a veteran served any time during the Gulf War, there minimum time of service needs to have been two years, not 90 days.
Veterans must be able to prove home care is necessary and have limited income and assets, combined. Currently, the threshold set forth for this by the VA is $119,000. That number may not include a primary residence.
If your father is well aware of the Aid and Attendance Benefit, but still refuses to talk about home care, it likely has something to do with misconceptions or some misguided idea about what the services are, concerns about losing independence, or something he has difficulty expressing. The best thing you can do is get him thinking about the various activities he might be able to return to, if he only had experienced and qualified support through a home care agency.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional home care for aging veterans in Culpeper County, VA, please contact the caring staff at LivinRite Home Care. Call Us Today at (703) 369-6677. Serving Northern Virginia, The Valley, and Surrounding Communities.
Julie McCormick and Brendan McCormick are co-owners and founders of livinrite home health and Caregiving solutions. Between the two of them comes over 15 years of Home Health care experience. Julie is a RN with years of experience in the ER/ICU and still operates
today as the director of nursing at LivinRite.
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