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Commonly Misunderstood Terms of the Aid and Attendance Benefit

Care For Aging Veterans in Norwalk CT

Care For Aging Veterans in Norwalk CTFilling out the Aid and Attendance Benefit application is a great start for those veterans who may require some type of home care support and assistance. Not every veteran will qualify, but it is believed that few actually know about this particular pension.

When sitting down to fill out the Aid and Attendance Benefit application, depending on the veteran’s physical and mental acuity, they might look to family members or friends for assistance. There are certain criteria that need to be met in order to qualify for this particular pension.

First and foremost, being able to document a specific need for home care support is necessary. The best way to go about proving this is through a doctor’s recommendation, but there are other ways as well.

Here are three commonly misunderstood aspects about this particular pension program that can lead some veterans to believe they would qualify for it in the first place.

  1. Time of service.

In order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, veterans need to have served a minimum of 90 days’ active duty service in one of the major branches of the United States military. For those who served during the Gulf War, they need to have served a minimum of two years’ active duty.

Many veterans serve at least two years, if not four or more. As long as they meet this specific requirement, they may be able to fill out the application and seek financial support to pay for home care assistance.

  1. Active combat.

A minimum of one day of their active duty service has to have fallen during a time of ‘active combat.’ Active combat basically refers to World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. Active combat is defined by Congress.

This does not mean the veteran has to have fought in a forward combat situation. He or she could have served on an aircraft carrier off South America during the Vietnam War, as long as at least one day of their service fell during official combat time.

  1. Proving home care is necessary.

As mentioned earlier, a veteran will need to prove that home care support is absolutely necessary at this point in his or her life. This can be difficult in some situations, but as long as a doctor signs off on the need for home care assistance, that should be enough. However, keep in mind every situation is different, but as long as the veteran can prove home care is needed, it’ll increase their chances of being approved, as long as they meet all other criteria.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Norwalk, CT, please contact the caring staff at Comfort Keepers of Lower Fairfield County today at 203-629-5029

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Dennis Patouhas

Having 40 plus years’ experience in finance, accounting, project management has enabled me to borrow upon experiences and disciplines from each to develop and grow a leading business in the Home Care market.

Established Comfort Keepers of Lower Fairfield County with wife Marian in 2001. We were the 61st of what now numbers over 750 offices nationally. The genesis was our experience with the care of seven elderly relatives, along with the need to provide more options to seniors who want to remain in their own homes but are challenged without safe, reliable services. With over 15 years in the home care industry, our office was at the forefront of this emerging industry and helped develop consumer awareness of this alternative to caring for the elderly and disabled.

Served as a member of National Advisory Committee, advisors to the Comfort Keepers Franchisor and past chairman of the Branding Committee. Past vice president of the Connecticut Chapter of the Homecare Association of America, an industry advocacy organization. The association provides industry and consumer education on issues of homecare as well as support and educational standards setting for the “employee based” homecare industry. Responsible for legislative development, worked with local and state legislators on rules and laws improving consumer and employee protection.

Host and Producer of www.TheHealthyAgingShow.com An informative talk show on issues of getting older. Also authored numerous articles on the elderly and aging related issues.

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