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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.

Veterans can learn more here

Respite Care

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.

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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 Snohomish County is an approved and contracted provider of these home care services from TriWest. We look forward to providing assistance with the process. 

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What Does Being a Veteran Mean to Owner Mark Johnston

I was an officer on a couple of nuclear powered submarines. One of my favorite ways to describe it is 90% boredom and 10% terror. The terror part comes from the 3 sessions of drills we ran each week. We would practice for all kinds of casualties, fires, flooding and far more complex ones. Being the Engineering Officer of the Watch, I had to learn to get the Immediate Actions done and then get inputs from the senior enlisted guys on how to stabilize and then recover. You quickly learned all the guys knew their own stuff. You learn to ask a couple questions and then, trust them to implement their plan for recovery and provide you with updates as they progressed. Afterward, the Drill Team listed our every mistake. Not things we could have done better. Either we were right or we had made a mistake. I did not always like that clarity but, it made me become better. When we came back for the next watch, we would harass each other over the mistakes that were made and how we could prevent them next time.

For me being a Veteran means trust. Know who you can trust and how good they are at what they do. In time, I qualified as an Officer of the Deck. I could take the submarine from the deep and go to periscope depth. The Commanding Officer had entrusted me with the lives of his crew and an exceptionally expensive submarine.

Every submariner earns his Dolphins by learning all of the mechanical systems hand over hand, passing interviews and a qualification board. None of them was quick or easy. The rigorous process assured each of us that those who wore the Dolphins could be trusted with our life.

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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. 

 
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Veterans Pension

 

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.

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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.

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Survivors Pension

 

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.

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*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

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