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I just went through this a few months ago and I would highly recommend having someone who is knowledgeable, help you with the paperwork.

You can do it yourself...there is a LOT of gathering of information and getting medical records, etc. which you have to do yourself anyway.

My Mom's ALF has a company that does it for their residents at no cost to them. They really helped us work through the process. There are certain things that have to be submitted in a certain way and order. I would not have known that. They also gave us great advice about getting the right kind of recommendation from her doctor. It really is more than filling in the blanks.

It takes anywhere from 4 months to a year or more to get it. I figure, the more help with the process, the better.

If you hire a company, just get a good reference (call your local ALF and ask who they use.) They should charge a set fee and not try to market to you for their other services.

good luck
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i received it for my mom and did all the paperwork myself. go to the website...........veteranaid.org and read all of the info and it will give you all the help you need in filing the forms and everything.
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either way, your mom/dad or whomever you are taking care of will have to have the papers partially filled out by their doctor.
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If you need help, consult and elderlaw attorney or a geriatric care management professional in your area. You can do a search for either category with your city's name and pull up local helpful professionals. They likely will have the forms they can mail, fax or email to you and save you a trip to your V.A. offices, at least to start the process. Sheryl O'Neal
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I receieved it for my mom by going to the local VA office, they gave me the paperwork to be filled out and submitted.
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