Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit – Finding Ways to Be Positive During Optimism Month
It can certainly be difficult to remain positive when you’re facing a number of physical and health challenges. For a senior who has begun to notice their strength diminishing, balance being more elusive, and maybe even their memories beginning to fail, it can be unnerving, to say the least. For aging veterans, home care may be essential, but some might be on a fixed, limited income that makes it almost impossible to afford that level of assistance.
That can lead to negativity, especially if the elderly veteran has to give up various activities that are important to them. Visiting with friends might become almost impossible, especially if they are no longer able to drive. Being able to go to the store and purchase food for themselves might require the assistance of other people to drive them and even help them through the store.
Relying on friends and family might not be practical if the senior doesn’t live close enough to them. All of these things, including increased stress and anxiety over certain health problems and physical limitations can create a negative environment. Staying positive is one of the most important aspects to long-term health and well-being. Yet it can certainly be difficult to be positive in light of these mounting challenges.
If the aging veteran feels that there is no help available for them, that they can’t afford to hire a professional caregiver, it may be more and more difficult to see things in a positive light.
There is a pension program that can help many elderly veterans afford the type of home care they may require at this time of their life. It is called the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit and it was developed 60 years ago as a way to help returning soldiers get the care they needed at home.
Today it can provide financial assistance to help elderly veterans pay for home care when it’s necessary. There are certain stipulations about who qualify for this pension program, including that the veteran would need to have served at least 90 days of active duty and one of the major branches of the United States military and one of those days has to have been during a time of active combat.
There are also income and asset thresholds the veteran would need to meet in order to receive assistance. When they get the help they need, it’s easier to remain positive and that improved attitude can have long-lasting effects well into the future. March is Optimism Month and for any veteran who may require home care, the Aid and Attendance Benefit may very well help them return to an optimistic mentality.
For more information and to learn about Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.