How the Aid and Attendance benefit helps veterans in Ohio

Receiving aid with daily tasks can make a significant improvement in the quality of life for Ohio seniors. For those who served the country bravely, the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Pension program is available to help make this level of improvement a little more attainable. Eligible vets Ohio and their surviving spouses can qualify should they need aid in various activities for daily living (also known as ADLs). These tasks could include rudimentary functions like dressing, bathing, eating, transportation for errands and appointments, and medication management, although it should be noted that eligible applicants don’t need to require aid with everything in order to qualify. A&A recipients can also utilize these funds to help pay for costs associated with home care, skilled nursing home care, or assisted living.

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What is assisted living like?

There is some variance in assisted living facilities. The facilities that are located in larger cities like Columbus will be ideal for those that still want to be close to metropolitan perks such as restaurants, shops, and cultural activities. On the flip side, those who prefer the quiet nature of suburbia may gravitate toward an assisted living community in a bedroom community, where parks and familiar chain retailers rule the day.

The facilities also have variances based on interests. Some places are run by religious organizations and feature various activities and observances that are in line with the particular faith’s belief system. There are also homes that are wholly dedicated to serving veterans, which may be of interest to vets that want to spend their days enjoying the inimitable spark of camaraderie amongst those that have proudly served their country.

Each assisted living facility is home to various services that are contained within the monthly room and board fee. Basic services typically include key elements for proper senior care-fueled living, such as private living spaces, 24-hour security and nurse access, call buttons in the rooms in case of a sudden emergency, meals, housekeeping, utilities, and laundry. These essential services can be augmented for an extra fee. Extra services that could be added include salon care, massage therapy, and personalized laundry and transportation service. Because these latter services vary from venue to venue, it is always a wise idea to research to see what is included and what is constituted as an add-on perk at every assisted living facility considered. It is also prudent to ask if the facility also offers continuum of care, in which a resident can stay on the campus should their assisted living needs change over time.

What does assisted living cost in Ohio?

According to data culled from Genworth’s 2016 Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in Ohio is $43,200 per year, which is significantly less than the average nationwide cost of $43,539. This price tag translates to a monthly cost of $3,600 and a daily cost of $118. Precise costs will vary based on the city and the region that the facility is located in, but as a whole, the average cost is comparable to the state’s annual home health care costs, which checks out at $44,616 for homemaker services and $45,760 for home health aide services. It also represents a substantial savings in comparison to Ohio’s nursing home care costs, which can break down to an annual cost of $76,657 for a semi-private room and $87,600 for a private room.

Veterans and their spouses that do qualify for the A&A Pension Benefit can utilize the benefits they receive to help cover the assisted living costs. The benefit can provide upwards of $1,794 per month to a vet, $1,153 per month to a surviving spouse, or $2,127 per month to a couple. A veteran that files with a sick spouse can be eligible for as much as $1,410 per month.

Resources and recreation for veterans in Ohio

Ohio is much more than the cornfields and agriculture it is famous for. The southern reaches of Ohio are home to a low-lying section of the Appalachian Mountain chain.

Those veterans who live at the Sandusky Domiciliary are encouraged to participate in activities such as fishing, biking, camping, gardening, trips and special events. Those that like a good race are in luck if they are in Sandusky because it is home to the Sandusky Speedway which hosts a lot of races and other special events with a low admission fee. Animals lovers who find themselves in Sandusky will want to be sure to visit the Lagoon Deer Park. Here you can experience spending quality time with some very friendly deer.

The Georgetown Veterans Home has its own small park. The Georgetown facility is full service and offers specialized care for veterans experiencing different levels of dementia. The facility is also home to the Ohio Veterans Home Military Museum.

Veterans who need help contacting their local veterans service officer can call 866-OHIOVET for assistance. Officers can help find out what benefits you actually qualify for and get you, and your spouse's care costs reduced as much as possible.