One of the reasons why you are almost always going to save more money than you spend when you engage the services of an elder law attorney is because they are fully cognizant of all of the options that are available. As a layperson there is no particular reason why you would understand all of the intricacies of elder law but estate planning attorneys are deeply immersed in these issues every day. And one of these matters that can be very challenging for some of our seniors is the high and rising cost of long term care.
If you could use some assistance paying for long-term care you may be able to obtain it through a military benefit known as the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension. One of the reasons why a lot of people who are in fact eligible for this benefit never think to look into it is because of the modest length of service requirement. You need to have served at least 90 days on active duty to qualify, with just a single one of those days taking place when the country was at war.
This special pension is available to eligible veterans who need assistance with their day to day lives, things like dressing, eating, bathing, etc. In addition to the length of service requirement, there are some upper asset limits as well but your home, your car, and certain personal valuables do not count against this limit. Single veterans who qualify can receive as much as $1,632 each month; a married couple can receive up to $1,949; and the surviving spouse of a veteran who is eligible may be entitled to as much as $1,055 every month.
If you think that you may qualify, you can find out everything that you need to know by contacting the United States Veterans Benefits Administration either in person, online, or over the phone.