Veterans Pension Helps Pay for Long-Term Care and Home Care

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gapeach

was your dad disabled? I have been told the only way my dad can get aid and attendance is for him to have been 100% disabled from a service related injury. This is info from the VA. He has been the sole caretaker for my 90 year old mom and his health has suffered due to not being able to leave her.

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anonymous88622

That is what happened to my Dad. Spent weeks in rehab in a local hospital waiting for a bed at the VA. Finally walked over to the VA hospital where the bed was and no one had arranged for transportation or told the hospital that the bed was available. So check the hospital yourself, don't believe what they are talking to each other - follow the paperwork path yourself.

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anonymous88622

My brother is my Dad's caregiver and he never had a problem accepting the POA at the VA. In fact, I am named as secondary POA, and the VA have come to me for signatures when my brother was not around. I don't understand why you were told that! There is something called a Fiduciary that the VA itself will investigate and establish if you were to accept your Dad's pension to manage for him if he can not handle banking himself. Please try a different source at the VA, see if you can find an advocate maybe at your local Council on Aging or something? We found that we get different answers depending on who you talk to, and it is very difficult to talk to anyone. We were calling all around trying to find out why my Dad wasn't be transferred to the VA, and when we went to the actual VA hospital where the bed was, we found out they had been holding a bed for him, but no one had told the hospital and no one had arranged for his transfer! Got to talk to different people and keep notes.
It is worth it!

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anonymous88622

If he can physically get in a car (to go to a dr) then he is not meeting the VA description of homebound. But! Homebound is NOT a requirement for Aid and Attendance. Homebound is another level of care that provides another level of dollar assistance. Everyone I talk to seems to have a different opinion, the proof is when you see the money unfortunately. This was from a very credible source and I have seen it more than once from more than one source.

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mollys25

He has medicare and VA benefits. His social security will continue correct. Once he is here would he be able to get help for care if able to live alone with home care.

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masonsheila22

My neighbor was in the military for 10 years and retired because he got injured. His wife was getting $2500 a month to care for him, even though she worked outside the home and he went hunting and fishing all the time. When their case was reviewed by the VA a few months ago, their stipend was cancelled. He got a job within two weeks. I just wonder how many more veterans are getting this free money when they obviously don't meet the criteria.

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guestshopadmin

Unfortunately Molly unless it's transport to a Medical Facility for care he cannot get in his state of Connecticut, Medicare won't pay for transport to another state. Most insurance companies won't pay either. And if he is on state Medicaid in Connecticut, it stops at the state border and he has to requalify in Florida.

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mollys25

My dad is in a hospital in Connecticut and I live in Florida is there any help for the move expense to bring him down here so he can be with me

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Spec7rgsIII

Thank you, AgingCare.com, for being there. Robert G. S.

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Spec7rgsIII

At age 83 come Dec. 22, 2016, and although I'm in relatively good/sound health as I write, (Wed. 11/09/16), I'm pleased to learn as a U. S. Army veteran discharged in the mid-to-late 1950's, I could be eligible for VA benefits , should I need such, later on. Makes me feel good to know that the nation appreciates my military-service for some 6 years way back when.

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