Do I have to be gravely sick or disabled?
What does the VA want to see in a claim?
These are important questions to ask when considering this type of VA benefit. As the name implies, the “Aid & Attendance” benefit is for veterans and/or their spouses who require the regular aid & attendance of another person.
If a claimant does not currently pay or need help with typical daily activities such as those listed below, they may not be ready for this benefit.
FOR INDEPENDENT COMMUNITIES
For non-licenced, independent communities, the VA wants to see that a claimant requires at least two help needs on a regular basis (known as activities of daily living, or ADLs):
- sitting and standing
- personal hygiene
- med management
Recently the VA decided not to consider med management as a “stand-alone” ADL, meaning you cannot have only a med management need. You also cannot have just one ADL and med management.
So how do we show these needs to the VA? The veteran or veteran's family does not determine need. This is accomplished by having the veteran's doctor prescribe Aid & Attendance. This way the VA has written proof that the Veteran or spouse needs assistance.
There are other qualifications that must be met. But these conditions form one of the core elements of a ready-to-rate claim.
Call our office today to see if you or someone you know meets the additional qualifications. All of our claims are processed right here in Michigan in our Sterling Heights office.
Toll Free: (866) 667-9360