Nursing Home Definition vs. Assisted Living Definition & VA Form 21-526

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dappledog, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. dappledog

    dappledog Newbie

    Thank you again for your previous timely response. Another question please.

    ISSUE: In the VA Form "Application for Compensation and/or Pension (form # 21-526) Part D, Section III, question 6a asks, "ARE YOU NOW IN A NURSING HOME? YES or NO."

    QUESTION: I have just moved both of my parents to an "assisted living" facility and not a "nursing home". In a previous response you stated that the VA considers them the same. So, should I check "YES" to the nursing home question although it is in fact an "assisted living" facility?


    PS. Don't tell anyone but I am a retired fed gov't worker & found the form typically confusing & generally not user friendly. :( ::)
  2. veteranadvocate

    veteranadvocate Full Member

    My recommendation would be to line through the wording Nursing Home and write-in ‘assisted care’. The VA will use one form to consider several benefits. Just a few years ago the 21-526 form was only four pages, now it contains so many questions that does not pertain to most veterans. I think they went overboard and I feel the shear number of questions causes some veterans to just give-up on filing their claims. Maybe this was the goal.

    The main purpose of this question is to draw attention to the VA rater that the claimant is entitled to a higher level of pension.

    You will be submitting the same medical statement regarding the need for assistance and the cost for care.

    Hope this answers your question.

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