Veterans Non Medical Home Care Rights
The Journal of Clinical Geropsychologyestimates that 25% of older adults in the United States were veterans of either WW2 or the Korean War (Summers et al., 1996, p. 103). Another study found that by 2020, 50% of male veterans will be aged 65 or older (Cook et al., 2001).
Consider these figures in light of the “2030 Problem,” which refers to the population trend that will see seniors’ outnumbering children by 2030, and you start to understand the gravity of the situation: our veterans need help now more than ever before.
If you or a loved one is a veteran or surviving spouse of a veteran in need of non medical in-home care in Manhattan Beach, California, this post is for you. Read on to learn how veterans can benefit from the options available to them
Non Medical In-home Care for Veteran’s in Manhattan Beach, California
At Always Best Care Manhattan Beach, we pull double-duty for our veterans. Not only do we provide high-quality non medical in-home care to California’s Manhattan Beach community; we also work with resources and organizations to help our veterans obtain the funds they need.
Many of our veterans and their families don’t know about their potential entitlements to Veterans Affairs benefits and disability programs, such as:
Service connected compensation
which compensates veterans for the projected loss of earning resulting from any injury or disability suffered during the course of their military service. The extent to which your work is impacted by your injury or disability is rated between 0-100% in order to calculate your due compensation. Any period of military service qualifies and there are no financial eligibility requirements.
Non-service connected pension
This program covers disabilities that are not connected to military service. Any veteran of 65 years of age with at least one day of wartime military service and an inability to hold “substantially gainful employment” may qualify for this pension. The amount of compensation received is based on the individual’s financial need; however, regular, prospective medical expenses such as non medical home care costs are deductible from income.
Assistance for surviving spouses
Both the aforementioned programs have provisions for helping un-remarried surviving spouses of qualified veterans.
Special monthly benefits
Some veterans and qualified spouses who are housebound may be entitled to benefits to defray the costs of their care.
Aid & Attendance
Based on the income and their assets, once qualified, a veteran and/or their surviving spouse is entitled to a monthly tax freebenefit which can be used to cover part or all of their costs of in-home care or monthly fees at Assisted Living Communities or Board & Cares. This payment is different and separate from any medical benefits they may be entitled to.
Whatever option is in your best interest, Always Best Care Manhattan Beach can work with you through its resources, such as Center for Elder Veterans Rights (CFEVR), so that you receive the benefits and non medical home care you’re entitled to. CFEVR’sprocess involves:
- Thoroughly researching, reviewing, and documenting your pertinent military service records, medical conditions, care needs, and financial status;
- Listening to your needs, assessing the situation, and determining which VA disability program is the best fit;
- Preparing a written legal opinion regarding eligibility and due compensation for the desired VA benefit;
- Preparing, presenting, and prosecuting a complete, documented claim with the help of a VA-accredited attorney. CFEVR,a law firm with a nationwide practice assisting veterans and their spouses, is one of our primary professional resources.
Contact us if you or a family member is a veteran or a surviving spouse of a veteran and let us work with you to determine the best care options for you.
You can learn more about our non medical in-home care services and VA support by visiting our website, or calling 310-546.3400 today.
Cook, J. M., Cassidy, E. L., &Ruzek, J. I. (2001). Aging combat veterans in long-term care. NC-PTSD Clinical Quarterly, 10, 25-29.
Owens, G. P., Baker, D. G., Kasckow, J., Ciesla, J. A., & Mohamed, S. (2005). Review of assessment and treatment of PTSD among elderly American armed forces veterans. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry: A journal of the psychiatry of late life and allied sciences, 20(12), 1118-1130.
Summers, M., Hyer, L., Boyd, S., &Boudewyns, P. A. (1996). Diagnosis of later-life PTSD among elderly combat veterans. Journal of Clinical Geropsychology,2, 103-115.