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May 20, 2021

Memorial Day & Home Instead of Gadsden, AL

Written By: Shawna Blagojevic
Mrs Diana Thompson VA Blog 2021 COMP

Memorial Day for Home Instead of Gadsden, AL

Pictured above is Ms. Diana, a veteran from Gadsden, and her Professional CAREGiverShyia! 

With Memorial Day right around the corner, you may be wondering what benefits Home Instead offers to our veterans.  We are glad you asked!  Below is some information regarding our veteran’s benefits and resources that you can use to help your loved one get the care they are entitled to receive.   

Veterans Care Coordination Partnership 

1 in 3 seniors in this country is a Veteran or surviving spouse of a Veteran.

These heroes – our fathers, mothers, spouses, and friends – may be eligible for a unique benefit through the VA called “Aid and Attendance.” This benefit provides funding of up to $27,549 a year to help keep loved ones safe and comfortable with home care.  

Millions of qualifying veterans and families go without Aid and Attendance – simply because of a lack of information or a lack of help.  

Through our partnership with Veterans Care Coordination, we are able to assist qualifying veterans and their spouses to apply for and obtain the Aid and Attendance Benefit through the Department of Veterans Affairs to help cover their medical expenses, including Home Instead services.

What makes this partnership unique is the fact that Veterans Care Coordination can offer interest-free loan assistance to clients that cannot afford the up-front, out-of-pocket expense that is required. 

Who is Eligible? 

  • Veteran, or surviving spouse of a veteran, who served 90 consecutive days of active duty with at least 1 day during a wartime period  
  • Veteran did not need to serve overseas  
  • Veteran must have an honorable discharge 
  • Veteran/surviving spouse must have non-service connected medical condition which is not related to military service  
  • Veteran/surviving spouse must require assistance with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, eating, medication management and personal care  
  • Veteran/surviving spouse can have up to $130,000 in assets based on age/marital status (excludes home and car)  
  • Veteran/surviving spouse must meet the Medical Expense-to-Income Ratio (i.e., home care services in place prior to application can count as a medical expense)

What are War Time Periods?  

  • World War II — December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946, inclusive. If the veteran was in service on December 31, 1946, continuous service before July 26, 1947, is considered World War II service 
  • Korean Conflict — June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955 
  • Vietnam era — The period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. The period beginning on August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in all other cases 
  • Persian Gulf War — August 2, 1990, through date to be prescribed by presidential proclamation or law 

Veterans Administration Assistance in Gadsden

Even if you don’t qualify for the Aid & Attendance Program, we can help you get benefits through the VA such as: 

  • Homemaker Benefit-someone to help with laundry and light housekeeping 
  • Home Health Aide-someone to provide personal care 
  • Respite-someone to help give relief to the daily caregiver 

If you think you or your loved one may be an eligible candidate for this benefit, please contact our Home Instead office in the Gadsden area today at (256) 485-0207.​​