dredzknow Asked July 2010

How do I receive funds for taking care of my grandmother?

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It would be much easier to work part time and move her into my home. My grandmother broke her hip about two years ago and I had to move into her home and take care of her. She was able to walk without a walker and I left. In the last 2 years, she has fallen about 5 times and other health issues are getting worse. My grandmother is now unable to prepare her own food, use her bed (because she is unable to get on it alone now) , wash clothes, etc. I would like to take care of her myself but it would be great to have some assistance if available. My grandfather is a veteran. I read there may be assistance for her to help supplement my income. Any suggestions for a Maryland Baltimore City resident, Please share. Thank you!

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JackieB Jul 2010
Yes, I've worked with an attorney office that used it to help a ton of people.
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dredzknow Jul 2010
Jackie have you used the VA secrets book? Or know of someone that it has worked for?
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dredzknow Jul 2010
Thank you, After receiving information on the Aid & Attendance VA program. I was able to find and contact a local VA rep. She fits all of the requirements including my grandfather (who was the veteran). Hopefully everything will go through. It seems VA is the only place who can help us at this time. She is in the hospital now (because she fell again) but now they have found something wrong with her heart lungs and kidneys, so God willing she makes it through surgery or whatever may come. She will definitely need long term care. Thanks for your input Jackie!
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JackieB Jul 2010
The aid and attendance benefit is for permanent and long-term care. If your grandmother will not qualify medically for on-going care she may lose the benefit in the future. It does take 6-8 months for the VA to process the paperwork. You will get a one-time lump sum once approved and then a monthly payment after that.

A free worksheet with eligibility requirements and how much see can receive each month from the VA is available at

http://www.VeteransCareAdvisors.com
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dredzknow Jul 2010
That is great information, Thank you! My grandmother is almost 90 years old and deserves to be taken care of. I believe she shouldn't have to lift a finger at this point. She has done too much for so many in her life. I appreciate the information. I've been searching all day. She is in the hospital for falling again as we speak and I have to do something.
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MiaMadre Jul 2010
It is wonderful that you want to help your grandmother. Perhaps the information below will help her and you get some financial help. The Aid and Attendance program provides funds to qualifying individuals. See if your grandmother qualifies (as the surviving spouse).

http://www.veteranaid.org/eligibility.php


ELIGIBILITY FOR THE AID & ATTENDANCE PENSION
Any War-Time Veteran with 90 days of active duty, 1 day beginning or ending during a period of War, is eligible to apply for the Aid & Attendance Improved Pension. A surviving spouse (marriage must have ended due to death of veteran) of a War-Time Veteran may also apply. The individual applying must qualify both medically and financially. To see the periods of war that have been qualified by Congress, Click Here.

To qualify medically, a War-Time Veteran or surviving spouse must need the assistance of another person to perform daily tasks, such as eating, dressing, undressing, taking care of the needs of nature, etc. Being blind or in a nursing home for mental or physical incapacity, or residing in an assisted living facility also qualifies.

Eligibility must be proven by filing the proper Veterans Application for Pension or Compensation. This application will require a copy of DD-214 (see below for more information) or separation papers, Medical Evaluation from a physician, current medical issues, net worth limitations, and net income, along with out-of-pocket Medical Expenses.

To qualify financially, an applicant must have on average less than $80,000 in assets, EXCLUDING their home and vehicles.
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dredzknow Jul 2010
Also, my grandfather has passed and my mother is too busy to care for her. i am the only one in my family able to do this. Thanks
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