High Income & Eligibility
Households with higher income and assets may still be eligible for AA benefits
if they can establish that one or more members of the household are incurring
high costs of long term care.
These high costs include services such as:
- Adult day care
- Assisted living
- Nursing home
- Home-care providers
Aid Based on Disability
A rating for "aid and attendance" allows VA to pay additional
benefits beyond the pension benefit ceiling to help cover additional costs
associated with added disability. Authorization of aid and attendance
benefits is established in certain circumstances. For example, if the
claimant is blind or nearly blind or if evidence establishes the claimant
is a patient in a nursing home.
Criteria to determine the need for aid and attendance includes:
- Inability to dress or undress oneself
- Inability of claimant to feed oneself
Attorneys are not permitted to charge fees for assisting clients with completing
and filing applications. Attorney fees can only be charged for VA benefits
planning, reviewing eligibility status, creating a plan to become eligible
or handling an appeal after denial. Let our Longmont elder law attorneys
at Jorgensen Brownell & Pepin, P.C. help you with this complicated process.