If you are a U.S. veteran, you have served and protected the United States and its citizens. You are owed a tremendous debt of gratitude. While there is nothing anyone can do to fully repay your sacrifices to your country, there are programs available to make your life easier after your service. One of those is a program that provides veterans benefits for assisted living for you and your surviving spouse. Read on to learn more about the financial help available.
Financial help for assisted living for veterans and their surviving spouses is available to those who are eligible for a Veterans Affairs pension and need help and attendance from a caregiver. These benefits are on top of a veteran’s regular monthly pension payments. To qualify for these funds, an individual must meet one or more of the following criteria:
Need another individual’s help bathing, eating, getting dressed, using the restroom or performing other critical daily living necessities
Have eyesight that, when corrected, is at best 5/200 or less in both eyes or have a limited concentric visual field that is 5 degrees or less
Need the care of a nursing home because of reduced mental or bodily capacity
Additionally, the applicant must have served at least 90 active-duty days, at least one of which was served during an active period of World War II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam conflict or Persian Gulf War; have been honorably discharged; be at least 65; and meet income eligibility requirements.
If you meet one of the aforementioned criteria, pursuing one of the quality assisted living options in OKC can significantly enhance your quality of life. You can apply for these benefits in person by visiting your regional Veterans Affairs Benefits Office or by submitting a written request to your state’s Veterans Pension Management Center. Your request should include a report from your doctor outlining why you need aid and assistance. It also should detail the current circumstances of your daily life, such as how do you spend your time and how does your disability keep you from achieving a fulfilling and/or safe life.
Successful applicants will receive as much as $1,788 monthly. Surviving spouses may receive a maximum of $1,149 monthly. Combined, a couple may receive $2,120 monthly. A veteran who qualifies on behalf of a spouse may receive as much as $1,406 monthly.
If you are interested in learning more about quality assisted living options in OKC, we encourage you to contact us at Village at Oakwood. Our team is committed to treating each of our residents with compassion, care and respect. We strive to make every day a great day!