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When you’re an Elderly U.S. Veteran or spouse of a Veteran beginning to apply for monetary assistance from the Veteran Administration, it can be confusing and burdensome to ensure that you meet all the requirements and report your countable income accurately to determine qualification for Veterans’ Pension or the Aid and Attendance benefit and get the financial assistance you deserve as soon as possible.

The cost of daily living can become incredibly burdensome for low-income Elder U.S. Veterans, especially with a family to support, medical expenses, or professional caregiving expenses to pay. The Aid and Attendance benefit increases the eligible individual’s monthly pension amount if they can prove that they require the aid of another person to perform essential activities of daily living. The VA regional office requires a physician’s report that validates the individual’s need for personal care.

At A-1 Home Care, we can provide step by step assistance with the application process for VA monetary assistance, whether you are applying for basic pension or the A&A benefit. Our case managers can consult with you to determine eligibility and provide an estimate for how much financial aid you may be eligible for.


Veterans’ Pension Requirements:

  • At least 90 days of active duty with at least one day during a wartime period: World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War
  • Age 65 and older, OR totally disabled, OR receiving Supplemental Security Income, etc.
  • Must have countable income that is lower than the Maximum Annual Pension Rate set by Congress.


Aid and Attendance Benefit Requirements:

  • Must meet requirements of Veterans’ Pension
  • May be eligible, even if countable income is greater than the Maximum Annual Pension Rate.
  • Must require the aid of another person to perform everyday personal care functions such as bathing, feeding, dressing, and safety.
  • Must write report to local VA regional office that includes copies of evidence that validates need for living assistance from another person. Detailed physician’s report should be sufficient.

For VA application consulting services or to hire a caregiver in your area, CALL us at (562) 929-8400 or at (949) 650-3800 today.

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A-1 Home Care is a Licensed, Bonded, and Insured non-medical home care agency that has been a care provider in Downey, CA since 1991 with an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau and memberships with the National Care Planning Council and Chamber of Commerce of Torrance, Santa Fe Springs, and Pasadena.

We specialize in Elder Care and Senior Care services on a 24 Hour Care or a Hourly Care basis. Services include basic companionship and Personal Care, After Surgery Care, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, Parkinson’s Care, Bipolar Care, Diabetic Care, Cancer Care, Arthritis Care, Hospice Care, Post Stroke Care, Incontinence Care, Heart Attack Care, Lou Gehrig’s Disease Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, Brain Injury & Tumor Care, and Kidney Disease & Tumor Care.

All our caregivers, nurse aides, companions, and home helpers must have at least 2 years of prior at home caregiving experience, verifiable professional references, a National Background Check/DMV Check, Tuberculosis testing, Malpractice/Liability insurance, First Aid/CPR training, and a personal interview with our office staff.

We serve the LA communities of Downey, Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Paramount, Bellflower, Cerritos, Long Beach, Culver City, Torrance, San Marino, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Pasadena, Glendale, Calabasas, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Covina, and others in Los Angeles County.

If your loved one has long term insurance, we accept Penn Treaty, John Hancock, CALPERS, MetLife Insurance, Veteran Administration, and Bankers’ Life & Casualty.

Still have questions? Give us a call anytime on our 24 hour hotline at (877) 929-8499.