Your father is a veteran and served United States with pride and dignity. You have always been proud of his service, even though it happened long before you came along. Maybe he served during the Korean War or the Vietnam Conflict. If he served any time, at least one day of his active duty service during an official time of combat, as defined by Congress, and if he needs home care support, he could qualify for the pension known as the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
What is this pension?
This is a pension that was developed after World War I as a way to help soldiers who had been injured and disabled in battle get the support and care they needed. It expanded through the years and now provides financial assistance to veterans of all ages, whether they were injured and disabled during active duty service or not.
Since your father is considered a wartime veteran, you’re confident he would qualify.
He also has limited income and assets, and can prove that home care is necessary. So, how long should he wait before filling out the application process?
He should begin the application as soon as he realizes home care support is necessary. This could be following a hospitalization due to a slip and fall accident and subsequent injuries, a medical emergency, or simply the result of aging where he has reached the point he can no longer support himself without assistance.
It can take a long time for the approval process.
There is a backlog at the VA these days that can cause applications such as those for the Aid and Attendance Benefit to take many months. In some cases, veterans are reporting an average wait time to find out if they are approved for this pension of at least nine months. Of course, it depends on a number of factors to determine just how long your father may have to wait for approval.
In the meantime, if he is confident he would be approved for this pension, he can begin receiving home care support because the VA does offer reimbursement for this pension to qualifying veterans.
The main thing to keep in mind is that the sooner the application is submitted, the sooner your father will improve and begin receiving financial assistance that could be instrumental at helping him stay safe and healthy and maintain a higher quality of life at home.