Veterans Assisted Living


VA Aid and Attendance Program
Basic Qualifications for Program
Top Concerns of Seniors
Financial Planners


Caregiver Support
New Caregiver Support Website
List of Caregiver Support Services


VA General Information about Healthcare Website
To Do Today List
Search for Retirement Communities for Veterans

VA Aid and Attendance Program

A program for veterans assisted living is relatively unknown.   It is called the  VA Aid and Attendance Program, available since 1951.  The problem is most veterans have never heard of it--and are not taking advantage of these amazing benefits for our veterans.

In addition to this program, also see Newer Supportive Government Website for Veterans, information below.

Basic Requirements to qualify

Here are the basic requirements to qualify for the VA Aid and Attendance Program:

  • You must have been in the military during wartime--a period of one of the wars--there are definite dates assigned. 
  • You must have an honorable discharge.
  • You must be permanently disabled or over age 65.
  • You must have served at least 90 days. 
  • And served at least one day in wartime.

Additionally, if you qualify above, you must prove the veteran needs help with living:  

  • Living in an assisted living facility or nursing home 
  • In need of home care 
  • Is in need of attendance by another person 
  • And/or is permanently housebound 

The above are all ways to prove their need.  Examples of assistance are:

  • help with medication management 
  • bathing  
  • dressing 

The VA will look at your assets, income and medical expenses in determining qualification. There is a formula. It is best to consult with a financial adviser who knows about the VA Aid and Attendance program for veterans and who can advise you on how best to apply and if you will qualify.

If you do have long term care insurance, you can still get the benefit if you qualify.  Money from Long term care insurance is considered income. 

Here is what you can get...

If you meet the requirements, you may be eligible for $1949.66 month for veteran with spouse or $1644. per month for a single veteran (please verify as these amounts can change). 

Surviving Spouse

There are also surviving spouse benefits. A surviving spouse can receive $1056.75 per month if they qualify. These rules for spouse qualifying have some specific requirements so please ask your adviser or the VA about the requirements for surviving spouses. Surviving spouses must have their marriage certificate.

Top Concerns of Seniors

 What are they:

  • Outliving their money
  • Cost of long term care including home care
  • How to leave their money to their heirs without probate and high taxes 

Call today!

Veterans have outstanding benefits available to them.  Don't wait--call them today.

Talk to the Veterans Administration for more details about this program to see if you can qualify. 

Here is a phone number for a VA rep for this program: 1-800-827-1000 - push option 1, then 1 again and then 0. They can give some information on qualifying and send you an application.  

Financial Planners

You may need some planning before applying and this is where the financial adviser can be of help. Ask about the Special Needs Trust to protect your assets. This is designed to save your money for any eventual need you may have for long term care. 

Talking with a certified financial planner about the VA Aid and Attendance program early on may be helpful.  There are ones that specialize in understanding this program and they can help determine if you qualify.

Support for Caregivers

Caregiving is hard and this role can last a long time eventually taking its toll on you and impairing your health.  You need to take care of yourself in order to continue giving care.  Read my first-hand article on caring for yourself.

Government Website for caregivers:

Wonderful information and help for veterans and their caregivers and new caregiver services for Post 911 veterans.  Or call them at their help line to get started:  

VA Caregiver Support Line


More Assisted Living Help for Veterans--Supportive Government for care website:  

VA Services for Caregiver Support

Interested to know what supportive benefits there are:    

  • Adult Day Care
  • Home Care
  • Skilled Home Care
  • Home Health Aide or Homemaker Program
  • Respite Program
  • Hospice

Here is where you'll find the VA Explanation of Caregiver Services.

For General VA Help and Information

For all information concerning veteran's health care that you may be eligible for see this website page.

To Do List

  1. Visit the VA website for healthcare and browse their benefits for veterans.
  2. Visit the Caregiver Help Website and call today if you need assistance such as a home aide, a respite and more.

Search for Retirement Communities

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And if you are interested in finding retirement communities for veterans, most of which have assisted living available, see Military Retirement Communities. 

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