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for assisted living or in home care benefit ? my health insurance is USFHP I have just started to check sites out and I am being told that I can only recieve one benefit [which is DIC] but I am hearing many confusing answers I will be 74 next month my husband was an E-7 plus 20 yrs in navy reserves...I would appreciate any info from the VA or person who has the latest updates. many thanks

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YES, you CAN get A&A on top of the DIC. Call your regional American Legion for help...Make sure you get a good service officer whether it's with the Am Leg or other...AmVet's, VFW, Etc.....ask how many they've done and what their approval ratio is. We are at 99%
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well in reading above answer..it sure was an eye opener...am also finding out could take up to a year to recieve Aid & assistance from the VA....want to know ..do I need a Drs. support if I decide to go to an assistant living ? thanks
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I was told that the Aid and Attendance was almost impossible to get for an elderly widow because of all the back log for current vets who need assistance.
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thanking you all who have answered my questions....and you are so right there are so many so called aging companys...with the fine print at bottom ...not affiliated with veteran or goverment agencies......I was a nurse for 47 yrs. I understand compassion when I read your replies...as you have no reasons to profit from peoples situations as the large corporations do. many thanks again Mary Doyle
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There may be additional money available from the VA. As for the questions about income....you need to offset your income with "UME's", Unreimbursed Medical Expenses. There really isn't an income limit if you have enough expenses. Most common expenses are the cost of care, (in home care, Personal or Assisted Facility, skilled care if paid out of pocket). Lot's of bad advice being given from places that you would expect good advice. Remember, the VA cannot give financial or legal advice...most only help you fill out your application...then you wait and hope!
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Be sure to apply right away for Aid & Attendance benefits. I know in our area it usually takes a year or so to be approved and the benefits are not retroactive back to your application date. When approved you can choose to use those benefits to initially pay for home care or an assisted living facility, whichever is appropriate for you at that time.
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what would my income have to be in order to apply for aid % assistance as a widow of a %100 disabled vet ?
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what would your income have to be to be able to apply for Aid & assistance ?
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You haven't remarried have you? And did your husband serve during a war?
My mom would have qualified but remarried a non veteran, who died this year, but unlike Social Security, she can't get benefits from my dads service because she married again. I've tried twice to sign her up. Last year I went to a seminar and the lawyers who do this for seniors seemed to be saying it didn't matter, but then after I got her into assisted living, which you have to do FIRST and then wait for 6-8 months for payments to start, I contacted the VA and they said she isn't eligible. What a disappointment! She cannot afford a really nice place to live because of this. Best of luck to you.
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Yes you are eligible for assistance and assisted living. You need your husband's discharge papers. Take all your husband's Service records with you when you apply for aid.
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You are entiled to a VA pension AId and Arrendance Follow above advise
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Contact your local VA or you can log into www.va.gov. As a widow of a veteran you are entitled to benefits similar to what your husband would receive. If your income is low enough, if you need 24/7 care there is Aid and Attendance pension. If not, you are entitled to live at a veteran's home if one is close by and they have space. Good luck!
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