Veteran Benefits in the Greater Pittsburgh Area

All aging adults, including veterans, should be able to access affordable but high-quality living and healthcare services, and at St. Barnabas, it is our mission to provide them. For over 120 years, St. Barnabas has supported the needs of older adults in the Greater Pittsburgh area with living assistance and independent living communities, healthcare services, and veteran benefits.

Veterans

Information for Veterans and Spouses

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs offers aid and attendance benefits for veterans who qualify, providing monthly payments added to the amount of a monthly VA pension. This money helps veterans and their spouses pay for the aid and assistance they need to help them with everyday functioning. There are a few eligibility requirements and qualifications that veterans must meet to qualify for aid and attendance:

Eligibility Requirements

The veteran or spouse must meet at least one of the below criteria to receive VA aid and attendance benefits:

  • You need help from another person to perform daily activities, like bathing, dressing, and eating.
  • You are bedbound or housebound due to illness or disability.
  • You are a patient in a nursing home or living assistance community because of the loss of mental or physical abilities.
  • Your eyesight is limited, even with glasses or contact lenses.

Qualifications

  • Must be 65 years or older or officially disabled if younger
  • Must be considered a wartime veteran, meaning they served at least 90 days with at least one day during wartime
  • Not dishonorably discharged
  • Income doesn’t exceed the pension amount for which you’re eligible
  • Net worth maximums established for the year during which you’re applying for benefits

If at least one of the eligibility requirements is met and all of the qualifications are met, qualifying single veterans could be eligible for an aid and attendance VA Pension to help cover the costs of eldercare assistance.

Our Healthcare Services

There are no restrictions on how VA pension benefits can be used, as long as it is for the veteran or spouse’s benefit. This means they can be applied toward skilled nursing, living assistance, in-home care, paying for home modifications to accommodate for a disability, or another type of assistance.

At St. Barnabas, we are proud to follow a Continuum of Care philosophy so we can address the needs of our residents as they evolve. Our patients and residents have access to the following
services, and veteran benefits can be used to help pay for them:

  • Three independent living communities
  • Five living assistance communities
  • One memory care center
  • One skilled nursing center
  • Home care and home health services
  • Hospice and palliative care services
  • A community outpatient medical center
  • Rehabilitation therapy services

Contact Us for More Information

Whether you’re a veteran or the spouse of a veteran, you may be eligible for veteran benefits to help pay for aid and assistance at places like St. Barnabas. We are proud to provide a wide range of institutional and individualized services for older adults in Alleghany, Beaver, and Butler counties. Contact us today to learn more about putting your veteran benefits to good use at St. Barnabas. 

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