Barry Appel of VetAssist Florida presented to over 125 attendees at PCA’s “Best Practices for Registries” held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on May 6, 2015. Mr. Appel shared information with owners and operators of registries that provide home care in Florida about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Aid and Attendance program.
“The PCA presented a great opportunity to explain in detail how the VetAssist Program works with veterans to apply and qualify for the VA’s needs based program Aid and Attendance,” said Mr. Appel. “This pension allows veterans and their spouses the opportunity to receive funds, funds that they earned with their service to the country, to employ in home caregivers so that they can remain in the place that they find the most comfortable – their own home.” According to the VA website, Florida has 1,175,273 wartime veterans who reside in the state. In addition to the veterans, there are hundreds of thousands of veteran spouses who also may be eligible for Aid & Attendance. “There is a great need for this program and many people do not even know exists,” added Appel. “With the VetAssist Program we are able to provide services, both administrative and financial, that assist veterans obtain the maximum benefit for Aid and Attendance.”
About VetAssist Florida
VetAssist Florida is a member of the Veterans Home Care, LLC family of companies. Through our unique VetAssist® Program, we assist aging veterans and their spouses apply for and maintain a benefit offered by the Department of Veteran Affairs called Aid and Attendance. Aid and Attendance is a monthly pension that can be used to secure in home health services for qualifying veterans or their spouses so that they can safely remain in the family home where they are most comfortable. Veterans Home Care provides these services at no cost to the veteran or the family.
About Private Care Associations
Since 1977, the Private Care Association (PCA) has been the voice of private duty home care. PCA’s membership is made up of home care registries that refer self-employed caregivers to provide assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, lifting/transferring, continence care, feeding/meal preparation, companion care, homemaker services and nursing services in the client’s home. The PCA has an involved government relations program that actively presents its position to public policymakers at the state and federal levels. As the national voice for home care registries, the PCA continues to expand its membership and develop a greater capability to promote the interests of the private duty home care industry, advocating the consumer-directed model of care, and consumer choice.