Veterans who need help with day-to-day personal care may qualify for Attendance Allowance. This is a tax-free monthly benefit for veterans who meet the following criteria:
- have a VAC Disability Pension of 1% or more or receive Prisoner of War compensation
- are totally disabled
- are in need of attendance
In need of attendance means needing assistance or supervision of another person with feeding, bathing, dressing, toileting, mobility or medication administration, that is not already being met by benefits, services or care provided to the veteran by other VAC or federal, provincial, municipal or community programs, whereby the benefits, services or care is provided at no expense to the client.
The amount of the allowance is based on the degree of attendance needed for day-to-day personal care.
For more information on eligibility and how to apply visit the VAC website http://www.veterans.gc.ca or call toll-free 1-866-522-2122 (English) or 1-866-522-2022 (French).