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Veterans Benefits are An Important Resource for Elder Care

Do you need additional income to make a home care or assisted living care plan work? The strict requirements for Medicaid eligibility make Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits an essential resource for many veterans and their spouses.

If the veteran was honorably discharged and served ninety consecutive days active duty, with at least one day during war time, the veteran and spouse may be eligible. These Aid and Attendance benefits can be combined with Social Security and pension income, to make long term care planning possible for the veteran and/or spouse.

Single Veteran

Annual / Monthly
Low Income $12,652 / $1,054
House bound $15,462 / $1,288
Aid&Attendance $21,107 / $1,758

Surviving Spouse of Veteran

Annual / Monthly
Low Income $8,485 / $707
House bound $10,371/ $864
Aid&Attendance $13,563 / $1,130

Veteran with One Dependent

Annual / Monthly
Low Income $16,569 / $1,380
House bound $19,380 / $1,615
Aid&Attendance $25,022 / $2,085

Source for Veteran's Pension Rates. Source for Surviving Spouse Pension Rates. To decide whether to award Aid & Attendance, the VA looks at the value of "liquid assets" like cash, stocks, IRA, 401k, other tax-deferred income, bonds, mutual funds, art, coins, stamps, and collectibles. The Aid and Attendance pension regulations consider whether some or all of the claimant’s estate should be used for the claimant’s care. The VA considers:
whether the property can be readily converted into cash at no substantial sacrifice;
life expectancy;
number of dependents who meet the definition of “member of the family” potential rate of depletion, including unusual medical expenses under the principles outlined in 38 CFR §3.272(g) for claimant and dependents.

In addition to assets, the VA looks at monthly income. If unreimbursed medical expenses are equal to your household income, you are entitled to the maximum Aid & Attendance benefit amount listed on this page.