The term “Aid and Attendance” is used in VA Disability to describe Disabled American Veterans who require the regular
care given by another person. The caregiver does not have to be a professional
to qualify. Aid and Attendance can be given by family, friends, etc. The
caregiver also does not have to be with the veteran constantly, just regularly
to help with specific tasks.
To qualify for Aid and Attendance, one of
the following must apply:
- The person must need assistance every day
to dress, wash himself, eat, use the restroom, adjust prosthetic devices, etc.
- The person’s disability must require the
regular care of another person to prevent harm of self or others.
- The person must have to ALWAYS and
permanently be in bed, not just on bed-rest for a period of time.
A person does NOT qualify for Aid and
Attendance if he is in a care institution or hospital. This is because there
are other laws in place that cover people in official care facilities. Aid and
Attendance is only for home care.
Aid and Attendance comes into play for VA
Disability in two ways. First, if a veteran has extra severe disabilities that
require Aid and Attendance, he may be able to receive the Aid and Attendance
category of Special Monthly Compensation. Second, additional compensation is
given to veterans if their spouse requires Aid and Attendance. See our VA Disability Chart page for complete details.