If you have started the process to apply for the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit that can provide monetary assistance to pay for home care for veterans, one thing that you may notice right away is that it can take a long time to hear anything back from the VA.
Some veterans’ families are complaining that it is taking so long to hear back that their loved ones pass away before they even get a chance to get the proper level of home care. There are many reasons why it takes so long for the VA to do anything and with the scandal rocking the Administration right now, it seems that the wait will continue to be long, even when the veteran may be in immediate need of help.
There are many reasons for these problems and, as Susan Seliger notes in her article The ‘Long and Unacceptable’ Wait for a Veterans’ Benefit in the New York Times:
“For starters, the V.A. is having trouble processing claims for benefits of any sort. There are more veterans eligible than ever before. There are 1.71 million World War II veterans alive now, a million Vietnam War veterans about to turn 65, and at least that many spouses who may be eligible for A&A. The number of veterans 85 and older totaled about 1,430,000 last year, compared with only 164,000 in 1990.”
Couple that with the fact that there are more veterans returning from active duty who require assistance through the VA. As the federal government has continued to cut funding for the VA, and with fewer staff members on hand at the VA who can help, it is the perfect storm of problems that are leaving elderly veterans in the tough situation.
The only remedy that a veteran or his or her family have at this time when they require some form of care at home is to plan ahead. Of course, one of the requirements to be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit is to have a doctor’s recommendation, which means in order to get that, the veteran would already have an immediate need.
In order to speed up the process, make sure that the application is filled out completely and accurately and delivered to the appropriate VA office for processing. Repeatedly calling the VA isn’t likely to move the process through any more efficiently or quickly, but do make sure that the forms are filled out completely. When you or a loved one was a veteran and they need home care, relying on the VA for support could leave you waiting for a long time, so start as soon as possible with the application process.
As the Regional Developer of SYNERGY HomeCare in Connecticut for the past several years Kiley again puts the customer’s needs first. Working with the four five SYNERGY HomeCare Connecticut offices, Danbury, Bristol, Stamford, East Haven and Fairfield, which he owns with his wife of 34 years,Laurie, he has lead the SYNERGY CareTeam to tremendous growth and continued success. Knowing first hand how health, aging and memory care issues can take a toll on a family, he is a very hands-on owner. He makes his cell phone available to all clients and their families providing more than just care, Kiley provides solutions to his client’s care needs and peace of mind to their family.
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