Resources for elders and their family members
The U.S. Administration on Aging Eldercare Locator is the first step to finding resources for older adults in any U.S. community. Just one phone call or website visit provides an instant connection to resources that enable older persons to live independently in their communities. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers. eldercare.gov/Eldercare/Public/Home
Two groups comprise this Home and Community Based Care Web Site: Community Health Nurse Coordinators and Home Based Primary Care. Both groups share the same goal: to provide compassionate care to veterans at home and in the community, promoting maximal independence of the veteran and support to the caregiver. www1.va.gov/HCBC
The Maryland Department of Aging provides seniors and their families with information, education, programs and services. mdoa.state.md.us
The New Jersey Division of Aging and Community Services (DACS) administers programs designed to make it easier for seniors to get the help they need. state.nj.us/health/senior
The DC Office on Aging develops and carries out a comprehensive and coordinated system of health, education, employment, and social services for the District’s elderly population, who are 60 years of age and older. dcoa.dc.gov/dcoa
Family Choice Healthcare is committed to serving the men and women who defend our country and protected our freedom. We want to do all that we can to honor your life and service. If you are a veteran or the spouse of a veteran, please review this information that we hope will aid you in determining your eligibility for Veteran’s benefits.
Any War-Time Veteran with 90 days of active duty, 1 day beginning or ending during a period of War, is eligible to apply for the Aid & Attendance Improved Pension. A surviving spouse (marriage must have ended due to death of veteran) of a War-Time Veteran may also apply. The individual applying must qualify both medically and financially.
Eligibility must be proven by filing the proper Veterans Application for Pension or Compensation. This application will require a copy of DD-214 (see below for more information) or separation papers, a medical evaluation from a physician, current medical issues, net worth limitations, net income, along with out-of-pocket medical expenses.
To request a copy of a DD-214: www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
What To Expect During Filing
Each case is unique when filing application documents with the VA and carries its own set of challenges. Processing time and responsiveness can also depend upon which processing center handles the claim. For unknown reasons, some centers do a more efficient job than others. How complete the application package is will also impact the process.
Expect the process to take a few months for your application to be processed and for you to receive a determination letter. Due to the current backlog of claims this timeframe can be extended.
Many families can’t afford to pay for care while waiting for the pension to be approved and funds to be released, which places an additional burden. Some Assisted Living Facilities will work with you if they know the resident qualifies for A&A. The good news is — all benefits are retroactively offered from the original filing date.
If your loved one is 70 or older, you should request the application process be expedited. The Veteran’s Administration’s own literature states that applications for benefits for a veteran/widow 70 or older are to be given priority. It is advised that you include a cover letter with the application noting this request.
We are here to help – please contact us as you explore service options.