According to the American Veterans Institute guide, in addition to the requirement that the benefitee own less than $80,000 in assets, there is a requirement that he/she have a "countable income" of less than the benefit amount. In my mother's case, we have an in-home aide, whose cost uses almost all of her income. If you factor in costs of rent and food, her expenses exceed her income. My question is this: Can her rent and food be figured in along with her medical expenses in calculating her "countable income"? If not, I have to wonder why, since they are included in the cost of assisted living facilities, and I don't think applicants who live in assisted living/nursing home arrangements are required to deduct their basic living expenses from their medical expenses when calculating their "countable income."