What Government Aid is Available?
Angel Companions Senior Care in Atlanta is committed to helping our clients and those in need. As a result we have identified organizations that may be able to provide you financial assistance for your in home elderly care, respite care and personal care needs. We have specifically identified the entities below that have programs to provide you assistance:
Aid for Veterans & Their Families
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is reaching out to inform wartime veterans and surviving spouses of deceased wartime veterans about a potential source of funds called Aid and Attendance. What makes this pension program special is that it provides long-term in home senior care for a non-service connected disability such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and other physical disabilities. Most VA benefits and pensions are based on a disability which was incurred during a veteran’s wartime service.
For veterans and widows (ers) who are eligible, these benefits can be a true blessing for the disabled individual who is not yet ready for a nursing home. Many elderly veterans and surviving spouses whose incomes are above the congressionally mandated legal limit for a VA pension may still be eligible for the special monthly Aid and Attendance benefit if they have large medical expenses, including nursing home expenses, for which they do not receive reimbursement. To qualify, claimants must be incapable of self support and in need of regular personal assistance. The basic criteria for the Aid and Attendance benefit include the inability to feed oneself, to dress and undress without assistance, or to take care of one’s own bodily needs. People who are bedridden or need help to adjust special prosthetic or orthopedic devices may also be eligible, as well as those who have a physical or mental injury or illness that requires regular assistance to protect them from hazards or dangers in their daily environment.
For a wartime veteran or surviving spouse to qualify for this special monthly pension, the veteran must have served at least 90 days of active military service, one day of which was during a period of war, and be discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Wartime veterans who entered active duty on or after September 8, 1980, (October 16, 1981, for officers) must have completed at least 24 continuous months of military service or the period for which they were ordered to active duty. If all requirements are met, VA determines eligibility for the Aid and Attendance benefit by adjusting for un-reimbursed medical expenses from the veteran’s or surviving spouse’s total household income. If the remaining income amount falls below the annual income threshold for the Aid and Attendance benefit, VA pays the difference between the claimant’s household income and the Aid and Attendance threshold.
In Home Services Voucher Program provides vouchers to assist with Homemaker or Personal Care Services. The client is allowed to select from an approved vendor list to schedule service. The client determines the number of hours needed for service and frequency of service.
Please call Margie Castillo (770) 528-5364 for additional information about these programs or others that may be available in your local county.