Veterans Aid and Attendance Program

veteran-home-careWhat is it? Aid and Attendance is a federal assistance program offering a monthly payment from the Department of Veterans Affairs designed to provide care for Veterans and/or surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist with eating, bathing, dressing, undressing, medication dosing or other activities of daily living.  Anyone on Aid and Attendance also automatically qualifies for VA health care benefits, like prescription coverage and hospital and physician care.

This is a “Pension Benefit” and IS NOT dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home (such as those services offered by Activa Homecare), Nursing Home or Assisted Living facility.

Who is eligible? Any veteran who served 90 days or more in active duty, with at least one day in wartime, and who was honorably discharged. Widows and widowers of veterans also are eligible.

What is the maximum payment?  A Veteran is eligible for up to $1,794 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,153 per month. A Veteran with a Spouse is eligible for up to $2,127 per month. Two married Veterans are eligible for up to $2,846 and a Veteran with a Sick Spouse is eligible for up to $1,410 per month*.

Activa is a supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project

Activa is a supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project.

How do you qualify?  Out-of-pocket medical expenses – including medications, insurance premiums and assisted living fees – are deducted from monthly income when determining eligibility. If the expenses exceed the income, the veteran is eligible. A doctor also must certify that the applicant’s health requires him or her to receive care from others.

What about assets? Applicants are allowed to have about $80,000 in assets, although the exact amount is at the VA’s discretion. Property and cars are not counted.

How do you apply? Call Activa and ask about our Veterans’ Aid & Attendance program.  We work with consultants who will assist you with the application process.  There is no fee to you and often home health services can begin right away.

*Figures are from the Veteran’s Administration as of 12/01/17.  You may contact the VA to verify current Aid and Attendance monthly payments.