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Why Your Mom, as the Widow of a Veteran, Might Qualify for Home Care Help, Too

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Your father served during the Vietnam War. He passed away a few years ago and ever since, you’ve noticed your mother having more difficulty tending to her own basic care. You’ve thought about home care services, but you’re not in a financial position to help out and the pension she receives barely covers her own basic expenses. There’s no way either one of you could afford to hire a home care aide.

The Aid and Attendance Benefit may help.

There are numerous pensions made available through the VA that could provide financial support and assistance to veterans of all ages. One of those, that can be used to pay for home care services when it’s absolutely necessary, is known as the Aid and Attendance Benefit. This pension is also available to widows of qualifying veterans, but the amount provided is less than what the veteran would have received.

Still, that could help your mother get the type of home care aide she needs throughout the week.

What does your mother need to do now?

First, she needs to determine if your father would have qualified for this particular pension. In order to qualify, income and assets have to fall below a specific threshold. Your mother’s income is barely $11,000 per year and her assets are quite minimal. Based on her financial situation, she would likely qualify, at least with regard to this requirement.

Second, she needs to determine if your father’s time in service was enough. For veterans to qualify, they need to have served a minimum of 90 days active duty service in one of the major branches of the United States military. Your father served four years during the Vietnam War. His time of service definitely meets that requirement.

At least one day of his service needs to have fallen during a time of active combat, as defined by Congress. Like World War II and the Korean War, the Vietnam War is also considered an active time of combat. He served a lot more than one day during the war, even though he never saw actual combat. Still, he would qualify for that provision.

Veterans who served during the Gulf War need to have served a minimum of two years active duty service.

Now, if your mother can show that home care support is absolutely necessary right now, she may very well qualify for this particular pension, and that could mean the difference between getting the help she needs and relying on you and some other family members or friends in the area.

If you or someone you know needs the help of care for aging veterans in Dover, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at 603-343-4434 for more information.


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Martha Berk, RN

Owner and Administrator at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care, LLC
Martha Berk has been a registered nurse specializing in geriatrics for more than 20 years. Her goal was to create a company that would allow seniors to stay in their homes and enjoy the home life they always had. She believes seniors should not have to give up the lives they have always known just because they need a helping hand. She is committed to help seniors maintain quality of life and live every moment to the fullest!

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