This lovely blog post was recently sent to me. It features details about a new short documentary film on older drivers and specifically two men, one of whom has planned his final day behind the wheel.
VA benefits come up often in discussions about funding for long term care payment. Here is a timely and useful article on WHO should be helping with applications for VA benefits from the National Care Planning Council.
I warn families to be careful in this arena because there are organizations that have learned a lot about Veterans' Benefits to use them as a marketing ploy to entice elders to move to a particular senior community with the promise that VA benefits will help cover their costs or worse, to sell annuities as part of VA benefits planning. You have to know what is motivating the person who is offering to assist with the benefits application process.
VA benefits can be a true boon to a retired service person and their spouse. The rules are different from other federal programs, however, and what can be helpful to obtain Veterans' cash benefits may hurt in later or simultaneously obtaining Medicaid benefits. Education is key.
As always, we are here to assist with your long term care planning and we only refer to trusted individuals and organizations who have exhibited proper motivations.