Veterans who bravely served and are living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) can be eligible for benefits, such as help with medical treatments.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Aid and Attendance Benefit is available in every state. It provides assistance for veterans and surviving spouses who meet certain income, asset and diagnostic criteria. The Benefit helps pay for personal care for individuals with mental or physical incapacities. Services can be provided in your home, an assisted living facility or a nursing home.

Aid and Attendance (A&A) is an increased monthly pension amount paid if your loved one meets one of the following criteria:

  • Needs help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, eating or dressing
  • Is bedridden
  • Resides in a nursing home
  • Has eyesight limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes

Housebound is an increased monthly pension amount paid if your loved one cannot leave the home (or assisted living or nursing facility) because of a permanent disability. To receive the maximum benefit, your loved one must need care now and already be receiving care services when you apply.

Your benefit amount is determined based on your income and your out-of-pocket medical costs. All benefits are tax-free and may be combined with other benefits and programs. However, if your loved one receives Medicaid services, applying for the VA Benefit may have an impact on his or her Medicaid status.

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