Senior Living Options for Veterans

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There are 3 types of senior living for Veterans

  • Community Nursing Homes
  • State Veterans Homes
  • Medical Foster Homes

Community Nursing Homes are places for Veterans to live and receive care 24/7. The VA will pay for this care if you meet eligibility criteria involving service satus, level of disability and income.

State Veterans Homes provide nursing home care for veterans disabled by age, disease or other disability that leave them incapable of earning a living.

Medical Foster Homes are private homes where veterans recieve 24/7 nurse care. The VA does not pay for your stays. Charges are based on income and level of care.

Who qualifies for these benifits?

Veterans who served in the active military, naval, or air service. National Guard members and Reservists may also qualify. Also eligible are Veteran’s dependent and Surviving spouse, child or parent of a deceased Veteran.

Paying for Veterans Senior Housing.

As a Veteran, you may qualify for money that can help pay the cost of a senior living community. These benefits include VA pension, Aid and Attendance Program, and the Housebound benefit.

VA Pension

A pension is paid to wartime Veterans with limited or no income, who are 65 or older, or under 65 and are permanently and totally disabled.

You must meet these additional eligibility requirements:

  • You must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Served at least 90 days of active military service and “at least 1 day was during a war time period.
  • Your income for VA purposes must be below the maximum annual pension rate as set by Congress.

Aid and Attendance

This is a benefit paid in addition to a VA pension and can help offset the cost of assisted living, nursing homes and other senior living options.

Even if your income is above the minimum required for VA pension. You may still qualify for Aid and Attendance if you have large medical expenses.

Housebound Benefit

This benefit is a payment in addition to basic pension for those who are receiving care in-home or in the home of a family member.

These benefits are based on a higher income limit than a VA pension. So even if income ineligible for a pension, a Veteran could qualify.

Thank you to SeniorLiving.org and Jeff Hoyt for this content!

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