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There was an excellent article a week or so ago regarding the benefit of using a geriatric care manager if you are dealing with older family members who are having difficulties either physically, mentally, or financially because of poor health.

It will be worth your time to read the entire article but here are few hilights to show the value of this article and the premise of paying for a geriatric care manager:

Linda Fodrini-Johnson, a columnist for the weekly community newspaper in Orinda, Calif., addressed these issues in a recent column (www.lamorindaweekly.com) discussing what to do when elderly parents resist all your suggestions. “Sometimes learning a different approach can make the difference in achieving the results you would like for your parents,” she writes. “Hire a geriatric care manager to assist with transitions and supervise the quality of help.”

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There is a good blog post by Nolan Stewart PC related to elder law issues for folks with dementia that we suggest you read.

In this post there are references to both the medical issues that arise (i.e. needing health care proxies, etc) and issues related to money (how to pay for long term care).

When we think about a loved one needing care who has dementia, these two issues are front and center.

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We have been talking for some time now about the wonderful benefits that can go to veterans and their surviving spouses — it is called Aid and Attendance or the VA Pension. But the name “Pension” can make you think it is only for veterans who retired from the military.

This is not true.

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On our main website we have a new article discussing one of the requirements to receive the Veteran Pension — Aid and Attendance — also called “non service related disability” as the veteran does not need to have been injured while in the service. The requirement we focus on this new article is “What does wartime veteran mean?”

We discuss the dates for World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

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Veteran Pension is often called “Aid and Attendance” because the “base level” pension can be enhanced if the veteran (or surviving spouse) is in need of help with the activities of daily living. If help is needed with the activities of daily living (feeding, dressing, bathing, driving, etc) then often the extra money from aid and attendance is an option.

Many, if not most, of the veterans who qualify for the VA pension also qualify for the aid and attendance so it is commonly just referred to as “aid and attendance.”

The additional money is significant — a married veteran who qualifies for the pension and aid and attendance can receive just slightly more than $2000 a month in tax free benefits.

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Veteran Pension (Aid & Attendance) — which is a wonderful benefit of up to $2000 per month — is used by only a small percentage of those who are eligible. There are a number of reasons for this but we want to look at just three of the common myths that discourage people from even applying for this benefit that they have earned.

The Benefits Are Only For Service Related Disabilities

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Asset recovery is where Medicaid will seek to recover benefits paid on your behalf by looking for assets that you own, such as your home.

There is no asset recovery with the VA Pension benefits. Remember VA Pension benefits are for those qualifying veterans who served at least one day somewhere in the world during a time of war.

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