Veteran Directed Care
Veteran Directed Care is offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It provides personal care services, including bathing and meals for senior veterans, that are paid for through a budget managed by the veteran or their caretaker. This could include putting money toward a walk-in tub.
Available services and eligibility criteria differ by state, so visit the Veterans Affairs website to learn if you may be able to use its services to pay for a walk-in tub.
VA Aid and Attendance Benefits
The VA Aid and Attendance Benefits, or Housebound Allowance, is offered through local VA branches through pension management centers. The application form must include a statement of need as well as a doctor’s report. You can also apply in person at your regional VA office.
Your eligibility depends on having a VA pension and spending the majority of your time at home due to a disability. You can’t receive both benefits simultaneously, but you can apply for either. Contact your local VA office or visit the VA website to fill out the application.
Home Improvement and Structural Alterations Program
Another service offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Home Improvement and Structural Alterations program is part of its Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services. It will not cover what it calls “Jacuzzi-type tubs,” so you will need to demonstrate that a walk-in tub addresses a safety concern caused by a service-connected disability.
You can be approved for $6,800 for home improvements related to a service-connected disability or $2,000 for other disabilities. You can view its application process here.