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 are as bad as people imagine them to be. Many are vibrant communities full of people living full lives thanks in part to the care they receive.
Assisted and senior living facilities have actually changed quite a bit over the years, even if the public perception of them is still less than favorable. A big part of this change has to do with modern medicine, but Aid and Attendance for military veterans has proven to be responsible for some of these changes as well. Here are just some of the ways things have changed for assisted living for our elderly veterans.
It’s Now Much More Affordable
According to a recent study by the Assisted Living Federation of America, assisted living facilities are the most cost-effective caregiving solution for our elderly. For those who are eligible for veteran’s benefits, the cost of assisted living may be much lower since Aid and Attendance can provide up to $32,000 per year for the costs associated with assisted living. These benefits are tax-free, which will only go further towards eliminating the financial stress associated with assisted living.
It’s Less Stressful for Everyone Involved
Caring for a loved one who is disabled is stressful to a family. That stress is also felt by the disabled person who may feel like a burden to their caretakers. Assisted living can help ease some of that stress, especially if much of the cost is covered by Aid and Attendance. The person requiring extra assistance can live a bit more independently, and any special needs they may have will be filled by the facility’s staff. The arrangement is less stressful – and therefore healthier – for everyone.
People Do Maintain Some Independence in Assisted Living
Because assisted living facilities are often confused with nursing homes, many families think assisted living means putting their loved ones away and forgetting about them. This is far from the truth. As we’ve already established, assisted living facilities are lively and vibrant communities that provide their residents with plenty of independence while getting the nursing care they need. Instead of putting loved ones away, families are providing them with an improved quality of life.
Overall, assisted living is a great option for senior citizens who want to improve the quality of their lives while maintaining some semblance of independence. Thanks to Aid and Attendance benefits, it is also perfectly affordable for veterans and their families.