Veterans Benefits For Assisted Living
Veterans Aid and Attendance
Attention Veterans or the Surviving Spouse of a Veteran:
You may qualify for assistance to help cover the costs of assisted living.
If you are a United States veteran or surviving spouse of a veteran, you may qualify for the Aid & Attendance Program and receive monthly benefits to help cover the costs of assisted living care. This benefit is not dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. It allows for Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in day-today activities to receive additional monetary compensation and care in an assisted living facility also qualifies. Additionally this is a tax-free benefit that most veterans needing assistance qualify for.
What is the Aid & Attendance Benefit?
Aid & Attendance is a Federal benefit that was added onto a need-based pension offered through The Department of Veteran Affairs. It provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who need assistance with their activities of daily living and meet specific requirements. Care provided in an assisting living facility qualifies.
What are the benefits of Aid & Attendance?
For 2013 the maximum benefit for the Aid & Attendance level of pension is:
A Veteran with a spouse may qualify for as much as $2,085 per month
A single Veteran may qualify for as much as $1,758 per month
Well Veteran-ill Spouse may qualify for as much as $1,380 per month
A surviving spouse may qualify for as much as $1,130 per month
How do you qualify for the Aid & Attendance Benefit?
The Veteran's Administration offers pension benefits to Veterans (or Surviving Spouses of Veterans) under two circumstances.
1. If the Veteran: received discharge from service under any condition other than dishonorable, served at least 90 days of active military service 1 day of which was during a war-time period, AND (or Surviving Spouse) is age 65 or older.
2. The Veteran is permanently and totally-disabled, AND total countable family income is below an annual limit set by law.
Periods of wartime are:
World War I: 5/9/1916-11/11/1918
World War II: 12/07/1941-12/31/1946
Korean Conflict: 6/27/1950-1/31/1955
Vietnam Era: 8/5/1964-5/7/1975
Persian Gulf: 8/20/1990-present
The Emeritus community in your area can help you learn more about the Aid & Attendance Program. In addition, Emeritus works with several benefits administrators that can help families of eligible veterans and surviving spouses apply for benefits from The Department of Veteran Affairs.
*Figures are from the Veteran's Administration as of 12/01/12. Please contact the VA to verify current Aid and Attendance monthly payments.