Yes, widows of a spouse who served during war times (did not have to be in battle) can qualify for up to $1000...see below...A Place For Mom's advisors will be happy to help you with any questions you may have and we also have specially trained staff specific to this benefit for Veterans. The below information is for 2007, the reimbursements have even increased for 2008. A Place For Mom General Information about VA Aid and Attendance
- What is Aid & Attendance? Benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in bathing, dressing, meal preparation, medication monitoring or other various activities of daily living. This benefit is available to individuals who reside in assisted living communities, personal care homes, skilled nursing facilities and those receiving personal in-home care.
- How can these benefits help someone? Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, skilled nursing facility, personal care home or an assisted living community. A veteran may be eligible for up to $1412/month, while the surviving spouse of a veteran may be eligible for up to $907/month. A married couple may be eligible for up to $1,674.00.
- Who is Eligible? Any War Veteran with 90 days of active duty with at least one day during active War time. A surviving spouse of a War Veteran may be eligible if married at the time of death. The individual must qualify both medically and financially. Assets cannot exceed $80K however, many things, including their home, vehicle, annuities, pre-paid funeral expenses and many other are not included in this number. For further information regarding financial qualifications, please seek the professional advice of an attorney or financial planner.
- Eligible dates are 4/21/1898-7/15/1903, 5/9/1916-11/11/1918, 12/07/1941-12/31/1946, 6/27/1950-1/31/1955, 8/5/1964-5/7/1975, 8/20/1990-present
- How do I apply for this benefit? There are two ways to apply for this benefit. There are some communities that will assist you in applying or refer you to a professional, who will complete the documentation for you. You may also apply by contacting your Regional Veteran’s Administration Office. To locate the closest regional office to you, visit the VA website at http://www1.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isFlash+1 .
- How quickly would I receive the benefit? This is determined by the accuracy of the initial application. The average process takes between 3-6 months. However, the VA does pay retroactively from the date of application. The resident is paid directly from the VA. This program financially assists the resident with paying their monthly rent, care and/or services.
- Assistance: Should you need assistance in obtaining a local number for your regional office, feel free to contact your Family Advisor with A Place for Mom.
This document is for informational purposes only. We cannot guarantee eligibility. The information above is subject to change without notice.
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