Senior Care Resources and Information in Charlotte, NC

3 Things You Must Know about Veterans Home Care and Programs to Help Pay for It

Help for Aging Veterans in Charlotte, NC

Help for Aging VeteransHome care is a type of support for an aging or disabled adult within the comfort of their own home environment. More seniors prefer to age in place today than ever before, which means they would prefer to remain within the comfort of their home rather than moving to a different living situation, whether it is in with a family member, such as an adult child, into assisted living, or a nursing home. Being able to afford home care for some veterans can certainly be a challenge if they are on limited incomes, such as a pension they earned from their time in the service.

Here are three things that every veteran should know about home care and some programs that can help pay for.

1. The best option is the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

This pension program is made available through the VA and can provide more than $2000 every month to the veteran to pay for professional home care. If they prefer, they can rely on a family member to support them at home and use those funds to pay that individual for that level of support.

2. Not every veteran will qualify for this pension program.

The Aid and Attendance Benefit through the VA is only available to veterans who served at least one day of their active duty service during a time of combat, such as World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, or the Golf War. They also need to have served at least 90 days of active duty in the military and have been honorably discharged.

For veterans 65 and over, they need to show a specific need for care at home, which is often done with a doctor’s recommendation. For veterans under 65, they need to have been injured and disabled during their time of active duty service in order to qualify.

3. The wait time can be significant.

From the time the veteran fills out and submits his application for this pension program, it could take nine months or even more than a year to find out whether they have been approved for it. For an elderly veteran who may be struggling with their own basic care at home, that can seem like a lifetime.

In the meantime, it’s best to try and find other ways to help pay for it or rely on support from family and friends until the approval process is completed.


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Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith, Founder and Co-Owner of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte is hands on with every detail of Golden Heart’s business. Natalie emigrated to the United States from Ukraine. Coming to this country, she did not know a word of English and her and her mother had virtually nothing. Through hard-work and determination as well as through the assistance of social organizations, Natalie learned English, educated herself and grew to be a business owner. It was while working as a caregiver and putting herself through school that Natalie came to love working for, and with, seniors. It was this passion for taking care of others (as well as her past experience where she herself was on the receiving end of help) that led Natalie to always want to open her own home care agency. She takes a tremendous amount of pride in providing quality care to the clients of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. As such, she uses her corporate experience in management to oversee the selection and hiring of caregivers for Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. In addition, Natalie continuously engages with clients to ensure they are more than satisfied with the care they receive and constantly looks for ways to improve herself and her company.