If you are a veteran, you could qualify for the Veterans Aid & Attendance program through the VA, that can assist in paying for your in-home care services. Veterans’ Health Care is a medical benefits program offered to all veterans with 24 months of continuous active duty military service and an honorable discharge status.
Am I eligible for VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits as a Veteran or survivor? If you get a VA pension and you meet at least one of the requirements listed below, you may be eligible for this benefit.
At least one of these must be true:
- You need another person to help you perform daily activities, like bathing, feeding, and dressing, or
- Bed-bound—or spend a large portion of the day in bed—because of illness, or
- You are a patient in a nursing home due to the loss of mental or physical abilities related to a disability, or
- Your eyesight is limited (even with glasses or contact lenses you have only 5/200 or less in both eyes; or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less)
Housebound benefits eligibility
If you get a VA pension and you spend most of your time in your home because of a permanent disability, you may be eligible for this benefit.
Note: You can not get Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound benefits at the same time.
In-home services that are available to eligible veterans include but not limited to:
How do I get this benefit?
You can apply for VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits in one of these ways:
- Fill out VA Form 21-2680 (Examination for Housebound Status or Permanent Need for Regular Aid and Attendance) and mail it to the PMC for your state. You can have your doctor fill out the examination information section. Download VA Form 21-2680 (PDF)
- Send a completed VA form to your pension management center (PMC)
- Apply in person. You can bring your information to a VA regional office near you. Find your nearest VA regional office
You can also include with your VA form:
- Other evidence, like a doctor’s report, that shows you need Aid and Attendance or Housebound care
- Details about what you normally do during the day and how you get to places
- Details that help show what kind of illness, injury, or mental or physical disability affects your ability to do things independently like take a bath, grooming, toileting, etc.…