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Aid and Attendance Benefit

Long-term care at home or a nursing home expenses can wipe out a lifetime of savings and monthly fixed incomes. 

Wartime Veterans, regardless of combat, and non-remarried surviving spouses may be eligible for significant financial assistance to pay for help with activities of daily living provided by a long term care facility, nursing home, or in home care provided by a family member, friend, or an entity. 

Eligibility is based on income, assets, and need for assistance.  The income level changes annually and includes most income and deductions for medical expenses including care.  Accordingly, the cost of care may be great enough to reduce income to a level making a person with a larger income eligible for this important benefit.  Unlike Medicaid, the asset test does not have a look back or recapture provision.

Illnesses, inability to meet some activities of daily living such as bathing or dressing, and ailments can be qualifying events.  Nursing home care due to mental or physical incapacity, blindness or needing help from another person to meet activities of daily living are the types if disabilities which qualify for this benefit.

Veterans, their non-remarried surviving spouses, and family members should consider this important benefit when disability strikes.   

Additional Assistance:

If you would like to learn more about the benefits and services you may be eligible for as a Veteran, servicemember, or as a family member of a Veteran or servicemember, please call the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs Help Line at 1.888.838.7697 (VETSNYS), where you may also schedule an appointment with one of our Veterans Benefits Advisors.

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