Not everyone thinks of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) as a source of support for seniors. Typically people don’t know if they or their relatives qualify so they don’t make the call. And seniors themselves are more apt to think they either don’t need the care, that it’s meant for others, or that they won’t qualify.
It’s always worth the call! Few people are aware that the benefits and services available through Veterans Affairs, in many cases, extend to the person’s family. And programs can change in terms of what is offered and who qualifies. The Veterans Independence Program (VIP), a national home care that helps eligible Veterans and their survivors remain healthy and independent in their own homes, was expanded as recently as March 2008. So even if you have checked in with Veterans Affairs in the past, on behalf of yourself or a family member, you may want to do so again from time to time.
Veterans Affairs has more than 14 wide-ranging programs that offer benefits and services in recognition of the sacrifices made by Canadians in war and through peacekeeping efforts. Veterans Affairs Canada offers benefits and services to qualified Veterans, released or still-serving Canadian Forces members, RCMP members, and certain civilians, as well as to their dependants or survivors.
For information on benefits and services, and who qualifies for these, call the VAC National Client Contact Centre at 1-866 522-2122 or www.vac-acc.gc.ca and click on ‘Clients’.
The health benefits and programs offered through VAC include –