Tom Donohue, owner of the Comfort-Keeper's agency, said that their participation in the program is meant to help those who need it most;
"These women and men fought for our country, and in most cases they're not even aware that the financial burden of their care could be significantly eased or even eliminated with this program. We want to make sure that Pittsburgh area veterans are aware that they may be eligible for this assistance and realize a positive impact on the quality of life of their families and loved ones."
The Department of Veterans Affairs manages the program, and as of 2012 benefits can be as high as $2,000 per month. These benefits are designed to pay for care associated with daily living, such as assisted living, in home care and even dedicated nursing home care.
Basic requirements to qualify for the program include having served on active duty for more than 90 days, with at least one day during a time of war. Veterans must also have left the military with a general, honorable or medical discharge, and there are some income limitations to qualify for the program.
Tom Donohue said that information and support for the application process for the program can be obtained directly from the local American Legion office, or by contacting Pittsburgh Senior Care;
"We encourage anyone who thinks they might qualify for the program and is in need of or already receiving care to contact us to learn more. As a participating agency in this VA program, we're accustomed to helping our veterans through the process."
Donohue went on to say that the Veteran's Administration program is available to wartime veterans and their surviving spouses.
Pittsburgh Senior Care is a privately held in-home care agency serving all of Pittsburgh and beyond. The company website can be accessed at http://www.pittsburghseniorcare.org, or call for press kits or an immediate consultation: