Home Care Benefits for Veterans with Health Needs
Benefits from the Veterans Health Administration
There are many seniors’ services and care funding available once enrolled in a VA Health Plan. Such include standard medical benefits, Service-Connected Disability care, and VA Long Term Care Services. These long term care services include Respite Care, Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care, Home Based Primary Care, Adult Day Health, Hospice and Palliative Care, Skilled Home Health Care, and Nursing Home and Residential Care Settings.
Someone who served in the active military, reserve or National Guard may qualify for VA health care benefits from a variety of providers, including Right at Home.
Among the possible benefits are home care and funding for home care which could include important services that allow a veteran to remain at home as long as possible and enjoy the company of a Right at Home caregiver. This helps reduce a sense of isolation.
The VA pays for Right at Home to come to the veteran’s home.
There is a limit to the visit duration and number of visits, but this service can provide relief to a caregiver knowing there is a trusted Right at Home team member taking care of their loved one in their absence.
Homemaker & Home Health Aide Care
This benefit pays for Right at Home to come to the veteran’s residence to provide assistance with dressing, bathing, personal care, meal preparation, laundry and feeding, regardless if a family caregiver is in the home. Keep in mind, the VA does not allow Right at Home to transport the veteran in any vehicle.
The veteran’s health care provider at the local Veteran Affairs Medical Center will determine how many home care visits a veteran can receive. Veterans can ask their provider for more care and can request Right at Home to be their provider. This service has to be initiated by the veteran or their VA medical professional.
Right at Home of Beachwood is an approved and contracted provider of these home care services from Optum. We look forward to providing assistance with the process.
Veteran Owned, Right at Home
LT. L. Shalom Plotkin USNR-R, the owner of our Right at Home Cleveland East agencies in Beachwood and Highland Heights, served the Navy and Marine Corps as a Reserve Chaplain for 15 years. Shalom was honorably discharged in 2009 with the rank of Lieutenant. Shalom spent time on many bases in the US and abroad (Italy, Israel, Greece, France, Canada, Japan) and on ships including an aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and a guided missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG-66).
Chaplain Plotkin has continued to serve our NE Ohio Veterans, since 2016, as a part time Chaplain, performing counseling and suicide prevention, at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. He is also a volunteer Chaplain for the Jewish War Veterans of Mayfield Hts.
Due to his ongoing connection with his fellow veterans, Chaplain Plotkin worked to have his East Side Right at Home private duty home care agencies certified as approved vendors to care for members of our Military and their dependents.
At times you can find Chaplain Plotkin, entertaining veterans weekly at local nursing homes, planting flags and sprucing up our local cemeteries, escorting veterans to sporting events, providing haircuts for veterans, and organizing pinning ceremonies to honor his fellow veterans for their service to our country.
Feel free to reach out to Chaplain Plotkin (C216-357-1547) if you have any questions about utilizing the VA’s Aid and Attendance benefit to help pay for home care for the surviving spouse of a Veteran.
War-time Veterans Pension Benefits for Home Care
If you need assistance with applying, contact us to learn about vendors that can help with the application. In some cases, you may be eligible for a zero interest loan to begin home care services immediately.
Your county veterans service officers are also familiar with these programs and can assist veterans in obtaining the benefits they’ve earned. Click here to locate a County Service Officer that can assist you with the application.
The Veterans Pension program provides monthly payments to wartime Veterans that can be used to purchase home care services.
Eligible veterans are those who meet certain age or disability requirements, and who have income and net worth within certain limits.
To learn how to determine if you’re eligible for this benefit, click the link below.
Aid and Attendance or Housebound Benefits
VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits provide additional monthly payments added to the amount of a monthly VA pension for qualified Veterans and survivors. This benefit is for those Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person or caregiver in at least two of the daily activities of living such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring. If you need help with daily activities, or you’re housebound, click the link below to learn how to determine if you’re eligible for this benefit.
A VA Survivors Pension offers monthly payments to qualified surviving spouses and unmarried dependent children of wartime Veterans who meet certain income and net worth limits.
Click below to learn how to determine if you’re eligible for this benefit.
*Disclaimer: The information and links above are only for informational purposes about benefits you may be eligible for and is not legal advice or a benefit determination. We are not the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs nor affiliated in any way with the VA. We do not review applications, approve or deny services. VA retains sole authority for benefit determinations. If you wish to contact the VA directly, you can do so by calling 800-827-1000 or visiting them at www.va.gov.