Many Veterans are unaware that they may qualify for an increased monthly pension to help pay for assisted living if you meet one of the following conditions:
- You need help with activities of daily living;
- You are bedridden;
- Your vision is limited (5/200 visual acuity or less) in both eyes;
- You are a patient in a nursing home due to physical or mental incapacity
Anyone that was not previously approved to receive a pension due to their financial stability and now requires assisted living may possibly be able to receive their pension. VA Aid & Attendance can assist in paying for home care, nursing care, assisted living community and more.
When an Alzheimer’s patient needs care the physician’s statement must include that the patients care must be in a protected environment; this allows room and board to be included in the amount to be received.
In each case of assistance the director of the facility where the Veteran is placed must sign a statement verifying the type of care that is being received. You will want to use the form entitled “Care Provider Report” that you can find at www.veteransaidbenefit.org/va_forms.htm or a form similar to this when applying for benefits. You will also want to include a copy of the contract of services, invoices and statements from the facility with the form.
To learn more or receive assistance in the application process please reach out to us at Legal Awareness for Seniors.