Many do not yet know it even exists. In addition, even professionals have a hard time accessing this benefit. It is difficult to unravel how to find it. So a veterans day weekend- take some time to help a veteran who is alive by understanding what the VA offers
The Aide and Attendance and housebound payments are designed to provide financial support to offset the cost of providing in-home or residential care to a veteran and/or their spouse. Benefits payouts can range from a little over a thousand dollars per month for a spouse to over two thousand dollars per month for a combined payment the household. It is estimated that these benefits are currently severely underutilized by older veterans and their families who qualify for these payments but are not yet accessing them.
The application process for these programs is facilitated by regional VA offices and requires medical documentation of care needs.
The VA has proposing changes in VA Aide and Attendance , so social workers, Aging Life and geriatric care managers should understand these changes
Geriatric Care Managers need to access and do research on how to apply for them for an older veteran.
In the 4th edition of the Handbook of Geriatric Care Management , we include chapter on GCM’s accessing VA benefits. The chapter talks about a benefit that is hyper-frustrating to access for Aging Life Care and geriatric care managers not to mention elder advocates the older vets and families who support them.