Many clients prefer to remain in an assisted living setting rather than make the move to a nursing home. The Veteran’s Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit can help extend your or your family member’s stay in an assisted living facility and delay the transition to a nursing home.
Assisted living facilities cannot receive Medicaid payments from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW). Therefore, when a resident runs out of money they must move out of the assisted living facility and into a Medicaid eligible nursing home regardless of their health status. In order to extend your ability to privately pay for an assisted living stay, residents should apply for the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance benefit when available. Generally, you or your spouse have to have served in the military in active duty during wartime. Review the Veteran’s Administration Website here for further details. You can also review this Aid and Attendance article on PAElderLawSolutions.com. The benefits for a spouse of a deceased Vet will be less than for the Vet himself or herself, but still likely in excess of $1000/month. The benefits for a husband and wife where one is a qualifying Vet will be close to $2000/month. This is a substantial benefit and one that can help you to stay in the assisted living setting of your choosing.
Please contact Douglas L. Kaune, to discuss your case further and for assistance as necessary.