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.
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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.
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 Springfield is an approved and contracted provider of these home care services from Optum. We look forward to providing assistance with the process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Right at Home is a delight to work with. The local owners are hands-on and take such pride and joy in caring for all the seniors in our community, especially our veterans." – Sheila Boutwell
Service Offices Are There to Help You
To assist veterans in navigating the complex web of services and benefits available, Missouri Department of Public Safety Veterans Commission has Veterans Service offices located in almost every county to make services available to veterans close to their homes. Information concerning locations and phone numbers can be found in the local telephone directory under Missouri, State of, Veterans Commission, or by calling 314-253-4455, or by using the Service Officer Locator to locate the nearest office in your area.
Veterans Service Officers (VSO) are trained to provide free assistance to veterans and their dependents and survivors. This includes not only applying for federal and state benefits but also providing resources related to the following:
- Compensation and Pension
- Health Care
- Education & Training
- Burial & Survivor
- Military Records
Homeless Veteran's Story of Care
Right at Home takes on getting veteran the care he deserves.
Charles referral first came to us during the latter part of 2021. The referral source - Veterans Home Care - was looking for a good company to take care of him and thought that we were just the ones to do so based on our track record with our mutual clients.
I made the three hour drive to Waynesville to meet Charles personally who was quite hesitant to proceed with services at first. But after I gave him ample time to ask and answer all of his questions, he said he would tentatively proceed making it very clear that if he chose NOT to continue that he would most certainly let me know. When I agreed to that, he ushered me up to his apartment so I could get a better feel for what he needed. To say that this was a spartan space would be an overstatement!
My understanding when Charles was first introduced to me was that he was homeless veteran with an “interesting” personality. The pastor who introduced him to me at our initial meeting said he had personally done all the work to find him the low-income accommodation he was in and that he had also assisted with all the necessary documentation to help with the Aid and Attendance benefit as well. Still, Charles needed more help. He needed someone who could withstand the vacillations in his personality, the outbursts, help him with all the IADLs he needed help with and give him some much needed companionship as well.
I knew this was going to be a tall order but I knew we had just the person on our team to do it. I assigned Charles to Pam who took to him like a mother duck to her duckling and they have been inseparable since. Recently, Charles was diagnosed with various cognitive impairments that shed light on his circumstances and behaviors.
Additional Local Veterans Resources
There are a variety of resources, advice, and general help for Veterans to help them sort through the options. Some of those include:
Passionate About Helping Veterans
“Right at Home in Springfield, MO, lives out what their name says. Ashwin and Amanda have made a huge impact in our community, and I have personally sent people their way to get the help they need. The feedback I get is that Ashwin and Amanda are amazing to work with. As an Army Veteran I am confident in their Mission and Vision to truly impact lives in order to keep people in their homes. They are also passionate about helping veterans to live out their life in honor and integrity. It is truly an honor to know Ashwin and Amanda personally, and I am grateful they are part of our community. If you have a loved one that wants to stay at home and live with dignity, please contact Right at Home in Springfield, MO. You won't be disappointed.” — Kerry Miller, Founder of Wellness for Warriors
*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.