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Financial Assistance for Veterans & Their Surviving Spouses

Veteran's Aid & Attendance

The Aid and Attendance pension program provides benefits for veterans or surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of other personal care needs.  It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity.  Care given in an assisted living facility may also qualify.


Pension Allowances:

The Aid and Attendance pension may provide up to $1,881 monthly to a single veteran, $1,209 monthly for a surviving spouse and $2,230 per month for two married veterans.  (Income, assets and medical expenses will be used to determine eligibility.)


Eligibility:

Any wartime veteran with at least 90 days of active duty, with at least one day of service during a recognized wartime is eligible to apply for the Aid and Attendance pension.  A surviving spouse of a wartime veteran may also apply.  The individual applying for the pension must qualify both medically and financially.


Documents Needed:

There is information that must be gathered and prepared when applying for Aid and Attendance pension.  The following documents/information will be needed. 

  • Discharge/Separation papers (DD214)
  • Copy of marriage certificate (for surviving spouse applicants)
  • Copy of any divorce decrees (veteran and/or surviving spouse)
  • Copy of death certificate (for surviving spouse applicants)
  • Information showing income from all sources
  • Asset information (bank statements, CD's, Trusts, Stocks, Bonds, etc.
  • Listing of all medical expenses including insurance premiums, medications, medical bills, care costs and any other medical expenses not reimbursed by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.
  • Banking information for direct deposit of Aid and Attendance payment

How to Apply:

Contact us through our "Contact Us" page or email [email protected] so that we can discuss your particular case and assist you with the application process.

So Your Loved One Has Dementia....Now What?

Free Dementia Workshop - January 16, 2020 @ 11:30am



Join Us for a *FREE* Dementia Workshop!


"So Your Loved One Has Dementia...Now What?"


We will explore the emotional responses you and your loved ones will experience and the steps to take to ensure families and caregivers have the necessary support to take on future challenges.


***January 16th  from 11:30 - 12:30***

A&M Methodist Church

417 University Drive

in College Station



Please call 979-676-4567 or email [email protected] with questions or for more information.

Hope to see you there!


The Holiday Travel Survival Guide

Tips and Tricks to Help With Holiday Travel

This holiday season, if you're planning on traveling with a loved one that is living with dementia, here are some helpful tips!


1. Plan For Rest Breaks

A senior who has dementia often needs to take a moment, sit down, and get their bearings. That's why you need to plan several rest stops throughout a drive of any real length. That includes bathroom breaks, but also stopping for food, and just getting out of the car and stretching. Keep a conversation going with your loved one, because if they're having a good day, you might only need to stop once or twice. If it isn't such a good day, though, you may need to stop more often.


2. Keep Your Time Expectations Realistic

We all know how to plan our trips based on realistic expectations. We look at the weather, we check the traffic, and add or subtract time based on the conditions. A senior with dementia is one more factor to consider. How bad is today? How long does it take them to get ready? You know your loved one, so take a moment to evaluate them, and see how the day is likely going to go.


3. Have A Safety Route In Mind

While your loved one might not be made out of glass, dementia is a difficult condition to live with. Which is why it's important to make sure there is always a safety route in mind, in case there's an emergency, or something happens. While it takes additional time and consideration to plan out, when you need it, you'll be glad you have it.


4. Be Prepared

Be prepared for the car ride and have everything you need on hand. For example, have several plans of action for activities. Try something like looking for different colored objects along the trip and naming them as you see them. Seniors with dementia may have short attention spans and this will keep the mind active.

Additionally, bring changes of clothes and toiletry items such as wipes, especially for senior who suffer incontinence or become easily nauseated when traveling.


5. Don't Force Conversations

If your senior is content to sit quietly and take in the scenery, don't force conversation or activities. They may be enjoying the trip in their own quiet way.  Just go with it. Remember, the less confrontation, the better.

When you are talking with your senior, speak slowly and in a calming voice to reassure. Remind the senior frequently of the reason for the trip if they forget.


6. Keep Things as Familiar as Possible

You can do this by picking a destination that your loved one may have spent time before the onset of dementia. You can also choose a destination that will allow you to stick closely to your daily routine.


7. Be Alert to Wandering

No doubt, you'll make sure your loved one sticks closely by your side. However, there's nothing wrong with taking extra precautions. Consider getting them an ID bracelet in case you get separated.





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