The Aid and Attendance Benefit program and the other VA Pensions are a great source of funds for financially constrained, wartime Veterans and/or their surviving spouses to use for their long term care costs such as assisted living, home care, adult day and skilled nursing. Many veterans don’t realize that they are eligible or are unaware that they can receive a higher level of cash benefit.
The Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of the needs of nature. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an assisting living facility also qualifies.
Veterans Affairs aid, attendance benefits, frequently asked questions, and general fact sheet provided by CANHR.