By the time that Jacob realized his father was having a lot of trouble at home, he had already fallen hard twice, though nothing was broken, and he had lost ten pounds (which he could ill afford to lose). Being widowed, Jacob’s father was suddenly trying to take care of himself while dealing with a body that was failing him. Jacob knew that he had to find some type of home care, but didn’t know whether the Veterans Administration provided that support system.
His father didn’t have a lot of money. He was living on a fixed pension from a factory job that he had from the time he was out of the military (back from the Vietnam War) to the time he retired at the age of 65. Most of that money covered his basic living expenses, with little left over for anything else.
The more Jacob looked into the situation with his father, the more he realized that his mother had been caring for him for quite some time, with no complaints from her, though his health posed more challenges than Jacob could begin to imagine.
Jacob believed that even though his father told him that he had been denied a couple of pensions that could have helped pay for some type of care, that there had to be something. His father served during the Vietnam War; the VA couldn’t just turn its back on its soldiers like that.
So he called the VA. With the VA being understaffed, he was put on hold for hours sometimes, then directed to a different center or personnel, or disconnected on. He was persistent, though, and he learned that there was a pension called the Aid and Attendance pension that was available for qualified veterans who served during a time of war and who could show that they required home care.
He had to talk to five different people to gather the right information and he used the Internet as a source of information. In the end, he was able to help his father apply for and receive money to pay for a home care aide. It made all the difference in the world.
Veteran’s Home Care is here to help you and your loved ones in just such a scenario, where you aren’t sure where to begin with home care for veterans, but you need guidance, assistance and support. For more information and to learn about the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.