The Puget Sound area is home to many retired veterans. There are many reasons why veterans choose to retire here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Joint Base Lewis McChord, the temperate winters, the pristine scenery, and many advantageous tax benefits have combined to present an attractive package to retirees. Many retired officers and veterans choose to live in civilian neighborhoods and housing, but when the time is right, there are many housing options available for retired veterans to consider.
Many retired veterans choose to reside at civilian retirement communities and assisted living and memory care communities. There are many wonderful options in the Puget Sound area and depending on the specific needs of each veteran these can be wonderful choices. Civilian assisted living and memory
care communities are not affiliated with the VA.
Some veterans choose a retirement community that specializes in serving the retired military community. Residents may enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow veterans along with added benefits such as close associations with military bases and VA hospitals and veteran-focused transportation and activity programs.
For veterans who need a higher level of care, many community Nursing Homes offer Veterans a place to live
and receive skilled nursing care 24/7. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contracts with nursing homes across the country to care for Veterans. Other services include onsite occupational and physical therapy, access to social services, short-term rehab, and dementia care. The VA will often pay for Nursing Home care if you meet eligibility criteria involving your service connected status, level of disability, age, and income.
Certain VA benefit programs such as “Aid and Attendance” will also pay for assisted living services and memory care services depending on eligibility.
VA benefits can be extraordinarily complex, so consider speaking with a Veteran Services Officer (VSO). Veteran Services Officers volunteer throughout the United States, frequently at hubs for veterans like American Legion halls or Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) lodges. You can also locate a VA accredited attorney or VSO/Benefits representative here: http://www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditation/
As a veteran, you have a unique story and it makes a lot of sense to speak with a knowledgeable advisor, take a tour of your local communities and resources for retired military personnel, and plan ahead to make sure that your retirement is everything that you want it to be.
Article Provided by:
Susan Fine, Director of Marketing
Patriot’s Landing Retirement Community