Veterans deserve to receive a full range of benefits for serving their country. Many of these benefits become available to help with costs and challenges during the aging process. Unfortunately, far too many veterans and their families are unaware of the assistance which can be provided to senior vets and to those who become disabled. When coping with a serious medical condition or coping with the effects of aging, researching benefits and dealing with the bureaucracy can be daunting. Fortunately, you do not have to handle this on your own.
Northern California Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law is here to help veterans and their families throughout Sacramento, Roseville, Davis, and surrounding locations. Give us a call at 916-437-3500 to find out how we can provide assistance with veterans’ benefits for seniors and those who are dealing with the impact of disability or aging. We’ll provide you with a personalized plan and solutions tailored to you and can also assist you with finding the answers to questions including:
- What types of veterans’ benefits are offered to seniors and to caregivers?
- How can I get veterans’ benefits?
- How can a Northern California veteran’s benefits lawyer help me?
What Types of Veterans’ Benefits Are Offered to Senior Vets and Caregivers?
Veterans benefits which may be available and which may be beneficial to aging vets and their caregivers include:
- Aid & attendance (A&A) benefits. For a bedridden veteran or a veteran who meets other qualifying criteria, A&A benefits will increase the monthly pension which is paid. This can help to defray the cost of covering home care services or paying nursing home expenses.
- Adult day health care.
- Home-based primary healthcare and skilled home healthcare.
- Hospice care for veterans who want to peacefully transition at the end of their life.
- Palliative care to help veterans manage pain.
- Respite care to provide caregivers with some time away so they can get things done or simply relax briefly from the stresses of caregiving.
- Telehealth care to make it easier to get answers to important medical questions in a timely and efficient manner.
These are just a few of the key benefits which may be made available to veterans’ through the VA. Veterans should also be able to receive healthcare services as well as other benefits based on their specific service record. Eligibility for different programs is going to depend upon factors including income and military history and some programs have a cost associated with them or provide subsidized but not free aid.
How Can You Get Veterans’ Benefits?
The first step in being able to get veterans’ benefits is to be aware of what types of benefits you should qualify for. Many vets do not know the full measure of benefits that could be available to them, and thus fail to take advantage of programs which could make life much easier as they age. An experienced Northern California veterans’ benefits attorney could evaluate your situation and help you to explore all of the programs which could apply to you.
Once you have determined which programs you should be eligible to receive benefits through, your next steps will be to complete the required forms and provide documentation which is necessary to prove your eligibility. The VA has a complex bureaucracy and technology at the VA does not always work very well, so it is often up to you to provide proof of your service history and of your eligibility.
While people at the VA can provide some assistance to you, under staffing means you may not get the attention that you need. An experienced VA benefits lawyer can help you to make sure you understand the information you need to provide and that you submit a complete and comprehensive application so there is no delay in getting the benefits you need. Once your application has been submitted, we can follow up on your behalf, keep the application process moving forward, and do everything possible to make sure you get all of the different benefits you should be eligible for.
How Can a Northern California Veterans’ Benefits Lawyer Help?
The Northern California Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law provides full service assistance to veterans. We offer comprehensive and affordable legal advice aimed at making the aging process easier by helping you to take advantage of benefits you deserve. If you live in Sacramento, Roseville, Davis and nearby locations, give us a call at 916-437-3500 or contact us online now to learn more about how we can assist you.