As our nation’s veterans age, many are facing increased medical costs and considering their long-term care and future housing needs. In the United States today, over 65% of the population are veterans of war or the spouse of a veteran, who may be eligible for a wide range of assistance and benefits programs through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Benefits such as healthcare and medical benefits, pension, life insurance, burial and memorial services, and much more become available to veterans after they are honorably discharged from active military service.
Veterans planning for their future needs can benefit from some of the following senior care services provided by the VA:
Pension. The VA offers aging adults who are 65+ and have a non-service-connected disability pension programs that provide income and create a more stable lifestyle for veterans and their families. Pensions are needs-based and to become eligible you must provide proof of income and net worth, have medical treatment records and complete a pension program application. For veterans who may meet the eligibility requirements but require more assistance with daily living, you may qualify for an “Aid & Attendance” increased monthly pension program.
Home and Community Based Services. The VA offers a number of benefits to assist with the cost of senior care. As a part of the VA Medical Benefits Package, aging veterans are eligible for home and community based services, when the Geriatric Evaluation assesses there is a clinical need for the service. Some of the standard Home and Community Based Services offered include:
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care. Veterans with Alzheimer’s or other related dementias can be provided a full range of care options through the VA depending on their level of daily assistance needed. Services can range from home based primary care, home health aide, adult day care services, respite care for caregiver relief, nursing homes and palliative or hospice care.
Concordia Life Care Community in Oklahoma City offers a wide range of senior living services to accommodate your individual needs, both today and tomorrow. Discover more about our living options, or for more information or questions regarding senior care benefits for veterans, contact the Veterans Services Office (VSO). You can call the VA at 877-922-VETS (8387), Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 8:00pm EST, or contact your closest VA healthcare facility.