Veterans Benefits Programs for Seniors

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Financial Assistance for Veterans in Assisted Living

Aid & Attendance is a federal benefit provided through the Department of Veteran Affairs. Eligible veterans, surviving spouses of veterans, or couples can receive up to approximately $2,000 per month.

You may qualify for financial aid to help cover the costs of Assisted Living. The VA Aid & Attendance Benefit is a special “monthly pension” available to U.S. wartime veterans or surviving spouses of wartime veterans who currently need the aid and attendance of a caregiver to meet their daily needs.

How do you qualify for the benefit?

  • The veteran or surviving spouse requires the aid of another person to perform at least two activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, undressing, or eating.
  • The veteran or surviving spouse must spend the financial assistance on out-of-pocket medical expenses – including Assisted Living or Memory Care.
  • The veteran served at least 90 days of active duty and one of those days was during a recognized period of war. The veteran must have been honorably discharged.
  • The veteran (and spouse) or the surviving spouse have less than $80,000 in assets, excluding their primary residence and vehicle. (This is a guideline only. The VA looks at a claimant’s total net worth, life expectancy, income and medical expenses to determine whether the veteran or surviving spouse is entitled to special monthly pension benefits. Every case is considered individually).

There is no cost involved in applying for this benefit. The VA pays this pension directly to the claimant. There are local benefit administrators to assist qualifying veterans to apply for this benefit and collect all the necessary documents, plus there is no fee to apply. Medical forms signed by a doctor and stating that the veteran is in need of daily living assistance are very important documents that must be included for approval.

How can this help veterans?

  • With the benefit in hand, veterans are better able to afford the care they need.
  • They never have to pay it back and it is completely tax free.
  • Like Social Security, this pension is dependable and is paid directly to the veteran or spouse by the Department of the Treasury.
  • This benefit can be used for in-home care, board and care homes, residential care homes, and for assisted living communities.

 

Benefit Table

Status
Monthly Benefit
Amount

Surviving Spouse

$1,113

Single Veteran

$1,732

Married Veteran

$2,054

Two Vets Married

$2,676

Tax Free