How do I qualify my dad for VA benefits and what are those criterias?

My dad is living at home and it is no longer safe for him to do so, and then I began researching assisted living facilities. These facilities are out of my price range and was looking into alternative options.


Senior Advisor

To be eligible for the VA's Aid and Attendance Benefit program you must meet certain parameters.  You must have served 90 days of active duty, 1 day beginning or ending during the following Wartime Periods... Under current law, VA recognizes the following wartime periods to determine eligibility for... (more)

To be eligible for the VA's Aid and Attendance Benefit program you must meet certain parameters.  You must have served 90 days of active duty, 1 day beginning or ending during the following Wartime Periods...

Under current law, VA recognizes the following wartime periods to determine eligibility for VA Pension benefits: 

  • Mexican Border Period (May 9, 1916 – April 5, 1917 for Veterans who served in Mexico, on its borders, or adjacent waters) 
  • World War I (April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918) 
  • World War II (December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946) 
  • Korean conflict (June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955) 
  • Vietnam era (February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period; otherwise August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975) 
  • Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – through a future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation)
Other parameters are financial and the type care that is needed. If your father is eligible for these benefits, he can use these funds to offset the cost for the care at home. Let me know if you have questions about applying. This can seem difficult, but it's manageable if you follow the steps.  
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Contact the local VA and make an appointment with a Veteran's Service Officer for more.

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Senior Specialist

Assisted living facilities can get quite expensive especially if you are need of special services like Alzheimer care. Costs can range from $2,000 a month to $10,000 a month depending on location and services. Since you are needing to find a facility in California, the state does have a program... (more)

Assisted living facilities can get quite expensive especially if you are need of special services like Alzheimer care. Costs can range from $2,000 a month to $10,000 a month depending on location and services. Since you are needing to find a facility in California, the state does have a program called Assisted Living Waiver program which assists those seniors with disabilities and provides them with a subsidy to help defer some of the monthly costs. Please be aware that the assisted living facility also needs be an accepted participant of the program. You can read more about the program here:

http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/ltc/Pages/AssistedLivingWaiver.aspx 

There are also benefits that the VA provides as noted in Scot's response. Some other alternatives include: reverse mortgage and long term care benefit plans. It is best to connect with a financial adviser who specializes in senior care options.

I hope this helps and let us know if you have any more questions.

Admond

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