Veteran’s Benefits for Assisted Living & Nursing Care
Veterans, we appreciate the sacrifice you have made for our county. Whether you served during a war or not, your commitment to our freedom and our country is something to be proud of. Our estate planning and elder law attorneys can help you determine and receive all of the benefits that you have earned.
The VA Aid and Attendance Pension Program is designed to assist wartime veterans whose medical expenses (including nursing home costs and some assisted living costs) exceed their income. Veterans must show that their income is less than their cost of care and that their assets are below the standard set by the VA. Unlike many other programs, the VA does not have a set limit for the amount of assets a Veteran may have and still qualify for pension benefits. Annual limits are determined on a case by case basis, depending on your veterans status, with and without dependents.
Benefits are also available for the surviving spouses of wartime veterans although at a reduced rate. A spouse is subject to the same asset and income limitations as a veteran and must show medical need for nursing home or assisted living care.
Veterans can apply for benefits either online or by mailing a written application. Any documentation of the need for assisted living or nursing home care should be included with the application. The application also provides the opportunity for the veteran to state his or her case for benefits. Our office can help determine the best way to describe your needs to present the best case to the VA. Applications can take months to be evaluated by the VA. Since the process takes a long time early application is important in order to get benefits coming as quickly as possible.
Our Certified Elder Law Attorney and staff can help analyze your income, assets, and expenses to determine whether you could be eligible for these pension benefits. Call Attorney, Jennifer L. VanderVeen, at 574.232.3538 for an appointment.