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What is the maximum allowed income to qualify for Aid and Attendance?

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I don't remember now what the limit is -- hopefully someone with a better memory will chime in -- but according to one senior care website the limit for A&A income 2016 was $21,446 for an individual and $25,448 for a couple. That is their target income; I think how it works is the VA has a formula they follow. They compare their target income amount to your person's income (which I believe is their actual income minus some allowable expenses pertaining to basic needs and care) and will determine the benefit based on the difference. So even if your person's income appears to be above the limit, they may still qualify when you factor in their expenses/needs.

The relationship between the person's needs and their income is very important. So anytime you provide care -- even if you are not charging for it -- write that down and include it on the list of their needs. Anything they can't do for themselves because of their age or health-related issues, make note of: for example, if you give them their pills, go to the pharmacy, make appointments, shop for them, do housework, etc. Even if it's a task that is done quickly, include it because it all adds up to a lot. (I think you also include things like costs of first aid expenses, Depends, over the counter treatments, etc. like you might if you had a FLEX account at work. But double check, of course, because my memory might be off.)

Another piece of advice is when you are going to apply, ask the VA if they know of volunteers who can guide you through the process. Ours was with the American Legion. They were very helpful, more so than the VA reps.

I also like to mention the Home Based Primary Care because the VA does not advertise it well, but it looks like it could be very helpful. On the home page of Aging Care, Ms. Marlis Powers has a blog entry about it if you want to read more about it. Good luck!
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I am moving this question back to the first page to see if anyone who had has experience with Aid & Attendance could help this writer :)
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