My mother (77) and step-father (82) have recently been moved to an assisted living facility after my step-father had a "mini stroke". He initially lost 90% use of his left arm, his vision is now disturbed and his left leg is at about 50% use. We all fear that a second stroke is lurking nearby... My mother is suffering short-term memory loss but has not (yet) been diagnosed with Altzheimers. Both need help getting bathed & dressed and neither of them should cook. Neither of them are able to safely drive. The cost of the facility is $1,550 more than their current combined income (his VA compensation + both have Social Secuirty income). Prescriptions and co-pays cost everytime we turn around. They do have some investments to lean on but we're concerned about the longevity of funds. A few questions: 1) My step-father says the VA should be notified that he is disabled and that his doctor will write a letter. Is "VA disability" a non-service related benefit? He is currently drawing "regular" compensation. 2) From the summary above, is there anything else I should detail in our application for A&A? 3) Both parents need a scooter type solution. Kaiser (their HMO insurance) has said that there is a lot of red tape in getting one and it may not be fully paid for. Any suggestions on VA or Medicade assistance? Thanks in advance, Mike.