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My sister has been diagnosed, at age 55, with early onset dementia. She is a veteran and eligible for some services through the VA Health Care System.
The VA social worker said she is eligible for long term care services, which, as I understand includes adult day care. It also includes some in home care, which we talked about a bit.
Has anyone used those services? What can you tell me about them? I'm assuming the VA would come out to do an assessment to determine what services and how much they are willing to assist with.
We've checked into the Aid and Attendance benefit, but she doesn't qualify because she didn't serve at least one day during a period of war.
Marp, my DH was a veteran from WWII. He didn’t follow up about his benefits and for many years we paid his health care expenses from our pocket since he was self employed. He had macular degeneration and talking to a neighbor we found out that he could’ve been covered by the VA health care system most of his life after the war. Since 2006 he was completely covered after being evaluated and diagnosed with low vision. They only considered his income therefore he didn’t have any copayment for anything including hospitalization. He started with 10/hrs a week of in home visits, after reevaluation he got 14/hrs a week. Two years ago he was diagnosed with dementia. He received whatever he needed at no cost at all. Hospital stay, hospital bed, wheel chairs, walkers etc.
He could’ve been placed in the VA facility for long term care but I decided to be his caregiver and keep him at home.
He passed away a month ago and tomorrow he’ll be placed to rest in the Veterans National Cemetery with all the honors he deserved for his love to this country. I’m very pleased with the care he received from the Veterans Administration and we were lucky to get a caring social worker assigned to us.
God luck to you and thank your sister for her service and I wish her to receive the best care possible.
Thank you Star 26, this is exactly the type of information I was looking for! I've spoken to our local VA social worker who has been very helpful, but she's not able to provide too much info on real life application of the benefits. She can give general information on what might be available.
Did your dad have a service connected disability? Did that make a difference?I'm perfectly willing to pay for some of the care myself. It just would be nice to have even a little bit of help.
Does the VA pay for memory care facility costs or do they have a memory care facility?
I'm actually pretty shocked reading all this. My LO is on VA benefits and gets the additional "aid and attendance" benefit but I've never heard of additional care available beyond this.
Please tell me, this would mean so much to have additional resources available.
I would start by getting her VA doctor to fill out this form. That will put her in Priority Group 4. Her VA social worker should be able to help you with this. It is not based on service connected disability or income. This designation as catastrophically disabled opens the door to future services such as adult day care and home care. Look at the section (about half way down the form) is where it addresses ADLs and cognitive issues.
Sadly, many VA doctors and social workers are unaware of this form so you have to advocate for these services.
The daycare or any service provider must have a contract with the VA. I used the daycare services for my husband (Vietnam vet). I paid $15 a day instead of $60. He died in 2017 but loved the daycare. They nicknamed him captain.
These last few posts are the answers I had expected to my questions.
My parents did not think they were eligible for any benefits due to their income ( that’s what dad had mentioned in the past). Not sure if he had inquired since he retired. I don’t think it matters at this point since he’s not eligible for the aid and attendance and is in ASL. He only has 4 years in the service. He has both Medicare and union retiree health insurance. However, once Mom goes to MC ( unknown tum frame), he thinks he will leave ASL. I may inquire about the services at that point. My thoughts and his doctors thoughts are that he will still need ASL, but he’s very bull-headed.
Aid and Attendance IS income based. Some of the other services are not, but one must be declared catastrophically disabled by getting the form filled out by VA doctor. When care needs increase in cost (ie move from assisted living to memory care) savings can deplete rapidly, then one might meet the income requirements for A&A.
Info about VA priority groups. Pay special attention to priority group #4.