Veteran's Caregiver Benefit

Military Veterans who meet certain requirements qualify for a Caregiver to assist them in their home with what is commonly called "Activities of Daily Living" (ADLs is the lingo used in the nursing community).  This just means if they need help with meal preparation, eating assistance, bathing and dressing, Uncle Sam will pay for a Caregiver to help.

As some Veterans may have more medical issues, at an earlier age, due to injuries during service, this can be a welcome benefit.  You cannot have more than $80,000.00 in assets, excluding homes and cars, to qualify.

You can learn more about the details for qualification on Caregiverlist, including which wars qualify and download the Aide & Attendance application.

It isn't easy to find the details on this benefit.  The Senior Home Care Agency I owned provided home care services to Veterans, after becoming an approved provider.  As I had to meet with the Veteran's Administration to set this up, I had direct contacts at the VA Hospital.  They educated me on the process and how to best work with the bureaucracy.

As this is just one of many benefits which Veterans may not be aware of, a website was started in 1999 to help.  Military.com provides answers in plain English. 

Remember, a "Surviving Spouse" also qualifies for this benefit and both the Veteran and the spouse can receive care services at the same time.

Comments (3) -

  • LisaS

    6/9/2008 12:53:57 PM | Reply

    If your assets are close to the limit it is still worth talking to someone who helps prepare these forms. Those veterans and/or their survivors only need to prove that their medical expenses exceed certain income and asset limitations.  And the cost of in home care and or assisted living and easily be more than the senior's limited income.  A Veteran is eligible for up to $1,519 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $976 per month.  A couple is eligible for up to $1,801 per month.
    Also, the sooner you apply the better because once you are approved the benefit back dates to your application day!

  • Faye Allgood

    6/8/2010 12:44:35 PM | Reply

    I am a daughter of a deceased veteran. My mother has stage 4 bone cancer and I am taking care of her. To know that there is possibly hope out there to help me with taking care of her financially is a god's send. She is unable to walk,bath herself,take take of her finances, cook or feed herself. I have spoke to caseworker for an atty named Mr Baird, that is willing to help me get this benefit for for her I just dont know why we would have to use and pay fot an atty. if this is available for her. Our finances are slim to none. She was diagnosed in Nov of 2009 with this bone cancer. PLease help me to know that she is eligble how to go about getting this caregiver benefit. Thanks again

  • evelyn malachi

    12/14/2010 12:04:58 AM | Reply

    I am a veteran wife and ?I take care of my husband.
    Do I qualified for caregiver benefits. He is ruled by VA as incontible were can not take care of his business and care. Do I qualified for monthy stipend?

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