Using veteran’s benefits to help pay the cost of personal care

If you are a wartime veteran or a surviving spouse of a wartime veteran, the Aid & Attendance pension benefit, through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, may help pay for assisted living.

Veterans

What is the veterans aid and attendance pension benefit?

“Aid and Attendance” is a commonly used term for a little-known veterans’ disability income. The official title of this benefit is “Pension.” Evidence of this need for care must be certified by VA as a “rating.” With a rating, certain veterans or their surviving spouses can now qualify for Pension. Pension is also available to low income veteran households without a rating, but it is a lesser dollar amount. If a beneficiary residing in a Personal Care/ Assisted Living has been rated and there is a need for “aid and attendance”, VA will allow all reasonable costs to be counted as prospective, annualized medical expenses, as long as some of those costs are paid for medical care.

Veterans aid and attendant benefit:

The current monthly Aid & Attendance rates may be as high as follows:

  • Surviving Spouse in Need of Care $1,056
  • Independent Veteran with Spouse in Need of Care $1,291
  • Single Veteran in Need of Care $1,644
  • Veteran in Need of Care with Spouse $1,949

Please contact our admissions director at either location for further information on how to apply for this benefit.

Testimonials

  • Sacred Heart Senior Living is a friendly home away from home, with all the comforts but with added safety. The staff is professional, caring, and well trained to handle geriatric problems. The facilities are continually cleaned. The dietary menus are monitored by the local hospital nutrition staff. The activities are varied – like the cancer fund raiser, social ball, Bingo, music, card playing, movies, pet therapy, outdoor trips to malls, eating places, special events, and transportation to doctor’s visits. Spiritual needs are met with weekly Mass, daily rosary, and special observances of spiritual devotion. Come visit us and enjoy our happy, loving and caring facility.
    ~ Mary
  • People here are friendly.
    ~ JoAnn
  • It is comfortable. Everything is bright and smells nice.
    ~ Adele
  • A real swinging place.
    ~ Dorothy
  • I feel safe and secure. I really do love it. I’m very relaxed. Very nice here.
    ~ Pauline
  • Very comfortable and accommodates all of my needs.
    ~ Winnie
  • It is the best facility because I heard other people who had been in other places, and this is so much better – especially the food, activities. It is extremely clean and people are friendly.
    ~ Josephine
  • I enjoy looking at the pond with the water coming up to resemble an underwater geyser in two locations. I watch the geese bring their goslings every spring. There is the Farmhouse lodging for out of town visitors. The Emergency Care building is close by and next to the pond and a block away.
    ~ Dennis
  • I like it, I’m happy here.
    ~ Sallie
  • I was in 4 different communities and this community is clean, the aides are well-trained in their jobs, activities are varied and the residents are reminded to attend. Very friendly staff. Number 4 rating for me.
    ~ Ralph
  • It’s a swinging place!
    ~ Kelly
  • Location is excellent to go everywhere. Near the major routes, airport, good shopping malls, etc. We have transportation and it is a lot of fun going places.
    ~ Nancy