Act Fast! New Rules for Aid & Attendance Benefits Could Affect You

New proposed laws to file for Aid and Attendance are expected to be enacted no later than September 2016. If you or your loved one needs help paying for assisted living facilities or in home care act fast before it becomes more complicated. Aid and Attendance is a tax-free benefit for our veterans and their […]

Pay for Assisted Living with Aid & Attendance Vet Benefits

Assisted living facilities have gotten a bit of a bad rap in our society. Many people still equate them with nursing homes and imagine dismal hospital settings full of elderly people who can no longer take care of themselves and are basically waiting to die. This is far from the truth; not even nursing homes […]

How Aid and Attendance Changed the Way We Think About Assisted Living Facilities

For those who serve as a primary caregiver to an individual who needs help with daily living tasks, the decision to place a loved one in assisted living facilities can be a matter of much consideration. As a culture nursing homes have had a bad image and no one wants to send their loved one […]

Top 5 signs to recognize dementia in an elderly person

Watching an elderly person fall victim to dementia is never easy. Nobody likes to think about their parents or grandparents slowly losing their memories and cognitive abilities until they are unable to function, but it becomes a fact of life for many people all over the world. There is usually nothing that can be done […]

The #1 Most Under Used Financial Aid for Assisted Living Costs

The costs of assisted living can seem overwhelming for anybody. Assisted living expenses can cost individuals and families thousands of dollars every month, and most people simply cannot afford those kinds of expenses without some kind of assistance. Financial assistance is often available for senior veterans and their families, yet only a fraction of those […]

5 Life Changing Veterans Benefits You Might Not Know About

Most military veterans are well aware of at least some of the many health care and education benefits available to them, but there are still some lesser-known benefits and programs that may have gone under their radar. This is just a handful of some of the veteran benefits that you may not know about. Aid […]

3 Ways to Give Financial Help to Mom and Dad

Nobody likes to think about their parents needing financial help in their old age, yet it’s something that almost everyone must face sooner or later. Most of us grow up believing that our parents are and always will be self-sufficient, so it can come as a blow when they begin to have problems managing their […]

What is Aid and Attendance veterans benefits?

Aid and Attendance is one of the veterans benefits paid to veterans and their spouses by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover the cost of assisted living facilities and home health care. It is a TAX FREE pension for those who qualify. Aid and Attendance is also a non-service connected disability benefit, which […]

What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating and serious condition that affects millions of people all over the world. Most of those affected are over the age of 65, although early onset Alzheimer’s can occur in younger people. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and the condition will become progressively worse until it leads to death. […]

10 Easy Exercises for Seniors

Exercise and fitness are important for people of all ages, including senior citizens. Unfortunately, getting enough exercise can be difficult for the elderly. A person’s body breaks down as it ages, and even the simplest physical activity may be too much for some seniors to handle. On the other hand, this is exactly why exercise […]

Can I Receive VA Aid & Attendance and Medicaid at the Same Time?

Yes you can, so long as you are not an unmarried Medicaid recipient residing in a skilled level care nursing home. You could be a married Medicaid recipient who is residing in a nursing home and still receive A&A, or you could be single or married and receiving Medicaid through a “waiver” program such as […]

The Benefits of Senior Exercises and Senior Fitness Programs

Why is Exercise and Senior Fitness Programs Important? The stereotype of senior citizens as frail, immobile and unhealthy may not always be fair, but it is one that has some basis in fact. Studies show that adults aged 65 and older spend an average of ten hours every day either sitting or lying down, making […]

Caring for a Spouse with Alzheimer’s Disease

  Watching a loved one suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and fall into dementia is never easy. Nobody wants to see someone they care about go from a functional, mentally competent human being to someone who can no longer remember the names and faces of those closest to them and who are too demented to even […]

How to Know When Your Parents Need an Assisted Living Facility

 Nobody likes the idea of having to move into an assisted living situation, but as people get older it often becomes a necessity. Most people look up to their parents as they grow up, and the idea that they may one day not be able to live independently is difficult. Parents and their children may […]

How to obtain your DD214 Discharge Papers and Military Records

Obtaining your military discharge papers, DD214 or any other records after you have completed your military service can look like a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are a veteran, your records are available to you if you request them. Thanks to the Internet, obtaining your military records is as easy as […]

Use Your Veterans Benefits and Choose the Right Assisted Living Facility

Now that you have been approved for your earned Veteran’s Benefits how do you choose the assisted living facility that is right for you or your loved one? Fortunately because of your veterans benefits off setting costly monthly assisted living bills you or your loved one may be able to afford care that you may […]

The History of Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefits

An Evolutionary History of Aid & Attendance Centuries ago, in the first half of the 1600s, the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony fought a battle with the Pequot Indians.  Soldiers wounded in this battle were cared for by the Colony, according to a law the Pilgrims passed for that purpose. About 150 years later, when our […]

When To Hang Up the Car Keys – The Elderly and Driving

Hanging Up the Car Keys for Good Telling Mom she shouldn’t be driving anymore is not an easy task.  No one wants to lose their independence, and driving is a major form of independence.  So what can we do to keep our parents and grandparents safe? Many seniors may notice changes in their own driving […]

What Veterans and Families Should Know

Important Benefit Information Concerning Veterans and Surviving Spouses The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a pension program that provides monthly benefits to wartime veterans and their surviving spouses in financial need. Applications to the VA are encouraged for these benefits, however there is certain information about the program and the application process that VA […]

Fully Developed VA Claims Process

The VA has instituted the fully developed claims process which can result in a decision on your Aid & Attendance application within a matter of months that is usually favorable. The traditional claim process which starts with an informal claim could take up to a year or more and can result in a denial of […]

What does it take to qualify for VA Senior Benefits?

War Veterans Association of Colorado helps veterans obtain up to $2,120 per month if: They or their spouse served in the military anywhere in the world during a period of conflict. Those periods include WWII, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam War, or the Gulf War. A doctor would say they could not function on their […]

VA Aid & Attendance Scams

The Third-Party Annuity Scam Opportunity knocks for an unscrupulous insurance agent when a family seeks an assisted living facility for a family member who is a veteran or who was married to a veteran.  One of the questions all assisted living facilities will ask of families is, “did you or your spouse ever serve in […]

The $400,000 Mistake Made by Veterans

Veterans who put their assets in an irrevocable trust in order to obtain the VA Aid & Attendance benefit of up to $2,120 monthly may be giving up the right to receive Medicaid benefits of $400,000* or more. Irrevocable VA Trusts are often used by attorneys to reduce a veteran’s assets to a financial level […]