Home Health Care - Aid and Attendance VA Benefit
Home Health Care Agencies are defined into two (2) categories: Skilled
Skilled Home Health Care
Skilled home health care is commonly referred to as medical
home care. This type of agency provides specialized medical care that
is provided by nurses that are certified or licensed. These
nurses perform care services such as changing wound dressings, cleaning
catheters, tube feeding as well as physical, speech or respiratory
Non-Medical Home Health Care
Non-Medical home care is known by a
variety of names.
These include Personal, Companionship and Homemaker Services.
The aides typically are trained but not licensed.
For this reason the caregivers or aides provide non-skilled
home health care services, commonly called "non-medical". The VA does
not consider "non-medical" care, but they do consider non-skilled home
health care services as a qualifying expense for the VA disability
The vast majority of "non-medical" home care
agencies do qualify as an acceptable qualified expense.
The VA Disability
Pension Benefit is paid directly to the Veteran or
Surviving Widowed Spouse.
The VA benefit is never paid
directly to the home care agency.
claimant pays the home care agency for services. The VA pays
benefit to the claimant because of the payment the claimant made which
is a qualified expense to qualify for the financial assistance benefit.
If you are a home care agency, click here to get listed in this directory.
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