I know there have been several posts about this but I didn't get a good understanding from the responses or perhaps my question is a little different. I assisted my father with applying for this benefit, he is 86 and has been diagnosed with lung cancer. His hospice social worker had the appropriate form completed by his doctor which basically stated that he is unable to prepare his own meals and needs help with walking bathing etc. Well, when I called the VA to inquire about his claim the first thing they said was they see he had a claim for "housebound". I didn't argue with that because at that point we just really need them to process his claim as quickly as possible and I didn't want to say anything to interrupt the process. But my question is, I've learned through this website that housebound is the lesser of the three pension tiers but we were really hoping he would be approved for the maximum for aid and attendance. Any knowledge regarding this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!