Hi, I live in Oregon, and my two sisters live in other states, one in Arizona where my mom lives, so we're having a heyday trying to coordinate things since I discovered this program. My Mom is 91 and appears eligible for this program. We are thrilled but cautious about that. She has macular degeneration, neuropathy and a severe hearing loss. Very hard to walk and needs lots of help with ADLs. Can't leave house without someone taking her. Only reason she still lives on her own is because one of us is a nurse and is running her place like a 1 person nursing home, and is overburdened. Now we are gathering paperwork like mad. . . .leading me to (feeling overwhelmed as the point person, but at the moment needing to) ask a couple of questions: -Does it make sense for us to file the 1 page informal claim while we're plotting/paperwork gathering? If approved, will the VA make it retro to that date, rather than the full application date? -As she is a WWII vet in her own right, but living on her own (sister nurse is 2 miles away and on constant call, so not really, but not compensated either), we are looking for homebound A& A care. Do we have to specify which pension we're applying for, or does the VA decide that? --She has several doctors, and I think we'll have to get the retinologist's records to her PCP so he can do a physical evaluation, because her vision loss is key, and PCP will need those records to say anything about her vision. But the VA will still want releases of information for all of her doctors anyway? So I have to send each of them a release? Thank you all so much for whatever you can share. This has really been a journey already for us, just talking about it, and wondering why nobody knew about it, and whether she's been eligible for the VA pension all of these years. ???