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The stipend amount is based on the weekly number of hours
of personal care services that an eligible Veteran requires
during the month. It is calculated by multiplying the Bureau
of Labor Statistics hourly wage for home health aides, Skill
code 311011, for the geographic region in which the eligible
Veteran resides by the Consumer Price Index Cost of Living
Adjustment (COLA), and then multiplying that total by the
number of weekly hours of Caregiver assistance required
(assigned tier level hours). This product is then multiplied
by the average number of weeks in each month (4.35).
For example: If an eligible Veteran requires 10 hours of
personal care services weekly (Tier 1) and the Caregiver’s
hourly wage (including COLA) is $10 per hour, then the
monthly stipend would be: (10 hours x $10) x 4.35 = $435.
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