8. June 2008 11:26
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.CaregiverVeteransCareVeteranBenefits