Senior Care Assistance for Veterans and their Spouses

Are You a Veteran or Spouse of a Veteran? Get the Benefits You've Earned.

What is Aid & Attendance?

The Veterans Administration through the Improved Pension Plan offers the Aid & Attendance benefit.  This benefit allows for Veterans and surviving spouses requiring regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, using the bathroom, or other activities of daily living (ADL) to receive additional financial assistance to help pay for the costs associated with:

Assisted Living
In-Home Care
Nursing Home Care

The benefit also assists individuals who are blind or patients in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity.

Who is Eligible? What are the Qualifications?

Veterans must have served one day during an active war (there is no requirement that any service had to have been performed in a combat zone) and had no less than 90 consecutive days of service.
Surviving spouses must have been married to the veteran at the time the veteran passed and not remarried.
You must have a doctor’s order stating that you need the Aid & Attendance of another person every day for at least one ADL.
If under age 65, you must be declared 100% disabled by a licensed physician.
There are asset limitations, but your primary residence does not count toward assets.  Many qualify even if they exceed the limits.
You must have received an honorable or general discharge.
You can choose where you want to live, at home or in a licensed facility.

[20090824 veteran-ww2] Are Surviving Spouses of Veterans Eligible?

Yes, surviving spouses may qualify for the benefit based on the veteran’s service.  This most important benefit is often overlooked by many families with Veterans or surviving spouses who need additional monies to help pay for long-term care costs.

Do You Have to Have Been Wounded In Battle?

This is a “pension benefit” and is not dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation.  Many Veterans who are in need of assistance may qualify for this pension.  Aid & Attendance can help pay for care in the home, nursing home or assisted living facility.

What Are The Maximum Benefit Amounts?

Category                                                                                         Annually               Monthly

 Veteran with no dependents                                                           $21,096                  $1,758

 Veteran with one dependent                                                          $25,020                  $2,085

 Two Veterans married to each other                                             $32,616                 $2,718

 Surviving Spouse                                                                              $13,560                 $1,130

 Veteran with no dependents                                                           $21,096                 $1,758
 Veteran with one dependent                                                          $25,020                 $2,085
 Two Veterans married to each other                                             $32,616                  $2,718
 Surviving Spouse                                                                              $13,560                  $1,130

*Rates effective January 1, 2014. Rates subject to change.


Let Agapé Senior Help!

At Agapé Senior, our VA benefits specialists can assist you in determining if you qualify for Aid & Attendance and help you and your family complete and file all necessary paperwork.  If you need placement in one of our facilities now, we offer short-term financing options while you are waiting for your benefits to be approved.  

For more information about this benefit, or to learn how Agapé Senior can help you, talk to your Senior Solutions Advisor, or call 1-800-411-AGAPÉ.