There are five homes for Veterans in MN currently:
- Fergus Falls
- Silver Bay
Governor Dayton approved a bill this past May for $32 million to be allocated to building 3 more homes.
All Veteran homes have an inactive and active waiting list. If you want to get paperwork done but aren’t thinking it’s time to be on an active list, the inactive list will put you in the queue and it will take the stress off of finding the right important documents etc when you may be dealing with decreased health. As of today, wait time according to Dianne Shea in Admissions at the Minneapolis Veteran Home is 10-12 months.
Adult Day Care
Minneapolis has an Adult Day Care for Veterans as well. This is a good option to relieve the caregiver. Eligible Veterans only pay a $20 per day copay
Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit
This benefit allows veterans and spouses of veterans who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in activities of daily living such as; bathing, eating, dressing medication management etc. It also includes those who are blind or a patient in a nursing home or assisted living because of cognitive or physical incapacity.
This benefit IS NOT dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. A Veteran is eligible for up to $1,794 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,153 per month. A veteran with a spouse is eligible for up to $2,127 per month and a veteran with a sick spouse is eligible for up to $1,410 per month.
Here is a video that explains the application process for the Veteran home. Another good website is www.veteranaid.org Choice Connections is happy to connect you to the right people to answer your questions on these benefits.