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Page 10 Senior Times - November 2020
By: Sherii Sherban, Publisher
  Do you know a Veteran that needs additional support in daily care but is concerned about paying for the cost of care? Do not let fear get in the way of getting the care needed. You may be surprised to learn that there are programs that are available for Veterans whether they still live in their home or are making the decision to move to an adult care facility.
• Details that help show what kind of illness, injury, or mental or physical disability affects your ability to do things, like take a bath, on your own.
 VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound ben- efits provide monthly payments added to the amount of a monthly VA pension for qualified Veterans and survivors. If you or a loved one needs help with daily activities, or are house- bound, find out if you qualify. It is import-
2. If you’re in a nursing home, you’ll also need to fill out a Request for Nursing Home Information in Connection with Claim for Aid and Attendance (VA Form 21-0779). It is avail- able for download at pubs/forms/VBA-21-0779-ARE.pdf
ant to note that you cannot get both Aid and Attendance benefits and Household benefits at the same time.
How do I get one of these benefits? You can apply for VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits in one of these ways:
3. Apply in person – You can bring your information to a VA regional office near you. Find your nearest VA regional office or in-net- work community care provider by visiting Type=benefits. (Note: For same-day care for minor illnesses or injuries, select Urgent care for facility type.)
VA Aid and Attendance Eligibility – You may be eligible for this benefit if you get a VA pen- sion and you meet at least one of the require- ments listed below.
1. Send a completed VA form to your pen- sion management center (PMC) – Fill out VA Form 21-2680 (Examination for Housebound Status or Permanent Need for Regular Aid and Attendance) and mail it to the PMC for your state. You can have your doctor fill out the examination information section. You can down- load the form online at pubs/forms/VBA-21-2680-ARE.pdf.
Before heading to an in-person visit be sure to call first. Due to the coronavirus certain ser- vices may not be available or you may be able to receive assistance over the phone or by video. They require everyone entering a VA facility to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose. Get answers to questions about COVID-19 and VA benefits and services with the online corona- virus chatbox at rus-chatbot/.
At least one of these must be true:
• You need another person to help you perform
daily activities, like bathing, feeding, and
dressing, or
• You have to stay in bed – or spend a large por-
tion of the day in bed – because of illness, or • You are a patient in a nursing home due to the loss of mental or physical abilities related to a
Find the VA pension management center (PMC) online by visiting pension/pension-management-centers/ that serves the state, territory, or foreign country you live in. Then, mail your pension application to the address for that center.
How long does it take VA to make a deci- sion? It depends. They process claims in the order they are received, unless a claim requires priority processing.
disability, or
• Your eyesight is limited (even with glasses
or contact lenses you have only 5/200 or less in both eyes; or concentric contraction of the visual field to five degrees or less)
You can also include with your VA form: • Other evidence, like a doctor’s report, that
Note: The more you can do online during this time the better. For assistance you can reach out to Calhoun County Veterans Affairs at (269) 969-6735. They are located on the third floor of the Toeller Building at 190 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI, 49014. If you would prefer to reach them by e-mail, you can do so at
Housebound Benefits Eligibility – You may be eligible for this benefit if you get a VA pen- sion and you spend most of your time in your home because of a permanent disability (a dis- ability that doesn’t go away).
shows you need Aid and Attendance or
Housebound care.
• Details about what you normally do during the
day and how you get to places.
Publisher & Executive Editor: Sherii Sherban; Advertising Consultants: Pat Fosdick, Keith Sherban; Marketing / Administrative Asst: Christyn McCleary; Staff Photographer / Artist: Keith Sherban; Artist: Frederick DeRuiter; Publisher Emeritus: Richard DeRuiter
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