You may have heard of “improved pension”, “VA assisted living benefit”, or “veterans elder care benefits” that can be used to increase your pension. These are each names for the Aid and Attendance benefit that we discuss in detail in a separate article. In short, Aid and Attendance is a financial benefit that can help eligible veterans who have difficulty with routine daily activities, such as bathing, eating, dressing, and medication management. For eligible veterans, Aid and Attendance provides an additional financial benefit that is meant to help cover the financial cost of assistance with those routine daily activities.
There is also a benefit called the Housebound Pension, which is for veterans who are substantially confined to their home because of a permanent disability. The housebound pension would be added as an additional financial benefit to the veteran’s existing pension. However, a veteran cannot receive both the aid and attendance and the housebound benefit. Instead, it is one or the other.
If you have any questions or would like to explore your eligibility for these programs or any other Elder Care law issues,
call 856-281-3131. We’d be glad to help you form the plan that is right for you.