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Avoiding a Nursing Home with the Aid and Attendance Benefit

Care for Aging Veterans in Spring Branch TX

One of the last places people often want to see themselves is in a nursing home. Nursing homes have negative connotations and reputations across most of the country and even around the world, and for good reason.

Care for Aging Veterans in Spring Branch TXMany of them are understaffed, their workers are overtaxed, and the challenges the patients are facing in these nursing homes can be overwhelming. However, when a person is debilitated, suffering, immobile, or facing any number of serious health or mobility issues, and if they are on a limited income, moving into a nursing home may be the only option they have at the end of their life, following a medical emergency, or when they are trying to recover following injuries or major surgery.

For veterans who may be facing this particular prospect of moving into a nursing home because they feel they have no other option, mostly because they can’t afford a home care aide on their own, the Aid and Attendance Benefit could be exactly what they’re looking for and need.

What is the Aid and Attendance Benefit?

This is a pension program that was developed by the VA following World War I. Initially, it was designed to provide financial support to returning soldiers who needed care at home due to injuries sustained in battle. These injuries could have been physical, but they could also have been emotional, including what was initially referred to as shell shock but is now called post-traumatic stress disorder.

The pension program was expanded through the years and now provides financial support to veterans of all ages, whether they saw combat or not. In order to qualify for it, the veteran needs to have served at least 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. At least one day of service needs to have overlapped an official time of combat, as defined by Congress. This would be, essentially, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.

An important stipulation is that if the veteran served during the Gulf War, they need to have served at least two years active duty.

Veterans also need to be able to prove home care is necessary right now and they need to meet certain income and asset threshold limits. These limits have changed in 2017, and income and assets are now taken together where they had been separate before and subject to interpretation by the person reviewing the application.

If a veteran needs direct care and support, they are encouraged to fill out the Aid and Attendance Benefit application as soon as possible.

The staff at SYNERGY HomeCare are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. SYNERGY HomeCare is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable elder care in Spring Branch, TX and the surrounding areas. Call us for more information at 713-396-5211.

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Mike Willett

Michael Willett is the owner of the Synergy HomeCare Central Houston office, but is also the Regional Director for Synergy HomeCare in South Texas.He currently acts as the owner and co-administrator of his owned & operated Synergy HomeCare franchise, but also develops the Synergy HomeCare franchise throughout Texas.Mr. Willett joined Synergy HomeCare in August of 2006 and has built a very successful franchise over the past seven years.Synergy HomeCare now has seven locations in Houston/Beaumont, Texas region, and plans to expand into several additional Texas markets within the next 12 months.Prior to his entrepreneurial venture into Synergy HomeCare, Mr. Willett was a portfolio manager for a Houston-based Investment Management firm.

Specialties: Mr. Willett is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.After graduating from undergraduate school in 1993, Mr. Willett accepted a position as an analyst within the Valuation Service Group of Price Waterhouse in Chicago, Illinois.Mr. Willett spent three years in financial consulting before transitioning into the world of investment management.

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