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Special Monthly Compensation: What Is It?

Veterans provide a crucial service to our country. They risk their lives to protect our civil liberties. As a reward for their service, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides benefits to veterans for issues like injuries, illness or disability.

Usually, the type of compensation that veterans receive is Disability Compensation. However, when someone loses vision, a limb, speech, hearing or mobility, they may qualify for additional benefits called Special Monthly Compensation, or SMC.

What Is A Special Needs Trust And Who Qualifies?

In the beginning, all parents share the same worries: will my child be good to others? Will other children be good to mine?

As time goes on, parents of special needs children discover a whole new world of worry that many other parents never have to experience: will my child be able to live independently? Will my child be able to earn an income? Who will take care of my child when I am gone?

These are questions that haunt parents in the wee hours of the night.

Thankfully, there is a way to set aside money for their care.

Do You Feel Guilty About Doing What Is Best?

Your parents have taken care of you your entire life. Whether you were sent off to school with a homemade lunch, spent summers in the backyard preparing for football season or had your college education paid for, you probably know how hard your parents worked to provide for and support you.

Now that you are an adult, the tables may turn. However, no matter how hard you might try to care for your parents as they age, the probability of successfully balancing your career, child rearing and meeting the needs of your aging parents is likely minimal. And even if you understand moving your parents into a nursing home is best for them, how do you handle your own feelings of guilt?

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When Is The Right Time To Move Parents Into Assisted Living?

As your parents age, you will likely see declines in their abilities. Though you love them dearly and do all you can to care for them in the comfort of their own home, at some point you may be faced with the decision to help your mom and dad move into an assisted living facility. This could be helpful in many ways. However, you might struggle with knowing when it is necessary.

Although your experience with your parents will probably vary, Celie Jenkins’ experience might help. Celie works as a registered nurse in a nursing home in Coral Springs. She is specifically trained on providing care for older adults. Challenging though the dementia patients on her ward can be, Celie loves her job. And up until last September, she also took great pride in caring for her parents in their Hollywood home.

Important Considerations When Managing An Aging Parent

Many people cherish the relationships they have with their parents, especially as time goes on. Later in life, however, complications regarding care may begin to arise, and that cherished relationship could be put to the test.

When it is time to make a serious decision about getting more care for your parent, there is a lot to consider. 

Who Qualifies For Medicaid?

It is common for people to become disoriented while reviewing eligibility requirements for Medicaid. As a result, many eligible recipients go without Medicaid relief.

To help connect people with the financial support they deserve, we have summarized the three main eligibility categories as a starting point for those pursing benefits.

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