Home care services for veterans, who are homebound with chronic diseases or service related disabilities have long been a part of VA benefits. Caring for a loved one who is disabled due to an injury or illness as a result of their military service can be challenging and expensive. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers benefit programs that will help cover the cost of in-home veteran care.
You may be wondering how you go about applying for veteran’s home care. The following are steps when applying for veteran’s home care:
- Stop by your local Veterans Affairs office and see what benefits you qualify for. Veterans with service related disabilities are entitled to free health care. If a veteran requires treatment for conditions not related to their service, a reduced rate is offered.
- Contact your local organizations, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the Disabled American Veterans Association, to assist you in filing for benefits. Every state offers different programs to veterans.
- Evaluate the needs of your loved one in regards to veteran’s home care. Talk with the doctors about what type of care is necessary and the accommodations that will need to be made to ensure your loved one lives a comfortable and productive life.
- You can apply for benefits through the VA that provide monetary assistance to in-home care givers. These programs are called “Aid and Assistance” and “Housebound”.
- There are three grant programs available through the VA that will assist in making your home handicap accessible. The three grant programs are the Specially Adapted Housing Grant, the Special Home Adaptation Grant, and the Home Improvements and Structural Alterations Grant.
- A veteran who requires the assistance of someone else in order to perform everyday living functions such as bathing, dressing, preparing meals, getting to and from the bathroom, or is bedridden may be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit. This is a benefit that is provided in addition to a monthly pension.
Veterans who qualify for a benefit program that will help cover expenses related to home care, should take advantage of these opportunities. In some cases the spouse of a veteran is eligible for these benefits as well.
There are a few easy ways to get information about applying for veteran’s home care. The general toll-free number is 800-827-1000. Advisors will answer questions and direct you to the nearest VA office. You can also go to the VA website to get information on specific benefits.
For more information and to learn if you or a loved one qualifies for the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.