question about dementia and physician's statement-help

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by claysee, May 18, 2007.

  1. claysee

    claysee Newbie

    We've waited 13 months for the VA Aid and Attendance. It's been one thing after another. I'm so glad I had a copy of everything I brought down and had it stamped. Anyways, we're down to the part prior to approval. My mother has dementia but an IQ of 95. She's been in a private pay ALF for almost 3 years. She ran out of her money in January and my husband and myself took out a second mortgage and have been paying the extra $2,200 a month. You mentioned in another post about a fidicuiary and a physician's statement. Is there a certain statement that the VA provides? When I had supplied all the medical evidence 8 months ago; the VA then requested it could only be on their VA form. They sent it to me 11 months into the process. My mother has signed a lot of the letters and her medical records document her IQ of 95. My husband and myself are going out of our minds with the financial burden. I just can't afford any more delays. Is there a special form that I should ask for? I'm almost afraid to or they will delay it no matter what. Or should I just receive a statement from her doctor now or wait for approval? Any and all information you could provide would be so appreciated. I am so tired of being so scared.
    Respectfully,
    Ann K.
     
  2. veteranadvocate

    veteranadvocate Full Member

    Ann,

    There is a special form for A&A because the VA must have detailed information regarding the requirement for the higher level of care. Depending on the information contained in that report will determine if the VA feels a fidicuary is needed.

    The VA has to be reminded of their own rules and regulations at times. Like with the A&A benefit they don't publicize these and they wont consider them without you asking. I am attaching a 'press release' that was made by the VA but not given much circulation.

    We can make a change in the system if we work together and hold the VA accountable. We owe it to our veterans.
     
  3. Katmandu

    Katmandu Newbie

    Hi Ann:

    Do you have the special form for A&A that you have filled out? Does that form include a special Doctor's statements form with it or is it something that has to be downloaded or requested from the VA? Do you know the form number? I have an application I downloaded from the Veteranaid website with instructions and am hoping that is all I need. I am getting ready to submit my "first application" for A&A for my mom next week and want to be sure I have everything I need. I hope you and I can help each other thru this process. Since you seem to have a lot more experience I'm sure you will be more helpful to me than me to you but I am here for whatever you need. Wish me luck.

    Kathy
     

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