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 Grand Junction is an approved and contracted provider of these home care services from TriWest. We look forward to providing assistance with the process.
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.
Networks & Systems to Help You
VA Western Colorado Health Care System is there to assist veterans in navigating the complex web of services and benefits available to them. The Community Care Network can answer a number of questions you may have as a veteran or spouse of a veteran. They have a number of ways to answer your questions and provide forms and other information you need to ensure you receive the best possible customer service.
Compensation and Pension
To speak with someone regarding compensation and pension, call the Veterans Health Care System at (970) 263-2800, extensions 2127 or 2361, or call (866) 206-6415.
For Referrals/Authorizations, Appointment Scheduling, or Care Coordination questions, contact your VA Community Care Staff Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time.
Home Health Services and Hospice Care
VA provides supportive medical services to help chronically ill or disabled eligible Veterans of any age remain in their home. These services are referred to as home health care and are considered extended care services prescribed by and under the direction of a VA physician. VA provides several types of home health care including:
- Home health aide services
- Homemaker services
- Palliative care
- Remote monitoring care
- Respite care
- Hospice care
Veterans can receive more than one type of service at a time. For more information, Veterans should contact their primary VA medical facility or visit the Geriatrics and Extended Care website.
- Compensation and Pension
- Health Care
- Education & Training
- Burial & Survivor
- Military Records
Additional Local Veterans Resources
There are a variety of resources, advice, and general help for Veterans to help them sort through the options. Some of those include:
- Western Slope Veterans Coalition
- Jesse Beckius/Casey Owens Veterans Resource Center 803 Colorado Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
- Garfield County VSO David Pruett (970) 618-2053
- Eagle County Assistant VSO Jacki Allen-Benson (970) 328-8875
- Pitkin County VSO Adam Lazaro (970) 319-5169
- Veterans Hospitals/Clinics (970) 242-0731
*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.