Money received via the VA Aid and Attendance program can be spent to address several different issues. For instance, it is proper to spend this money to pay for professional healthcare providers (nurse or a sitter, for example) who can come to the home and check on your loved one throughout the week. VA Aid and Attendance funds can also be used to pay for individuals (family member or friend) to perform “chores” for your loved one, such as doing their laundry, grocery shopping, and cleaning the home.
Often, before these funds may be spent, a legal contract, typically called a personal services contract, will need to be created between your loved one and the service provider that outlines what services are being provided and at what cost. The service provider must keep a time sheet showing what services he/she performed and the amount of time it took to perform those services.
The overall goal is to keep your loved one at home for as long as is humanly possible. Frequently, that becomes an impossible task. When your loved one is not ready for nursing home care, but needs more care than can be provided at home, assisted living may be your answer. Funds received from the VA Aid and Attendance program may be used to off-set the cost associated with assisted living care.