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Maple Leaf Adult Respite, a daytime care and supervision program for mentally or physically impaired adults, is now accepting funding from the Veterans Administration.

That means veterans who qualify for long-term care benefits may be able to have all or part of the cost of respite care at Maple Leaf covered by the VA. Maple Leaf is a certified professional respite program operated by the Haywood County Department of Social Services. The program provides a variety of activities for mentally- or physically-impaired adults of all ages who are unable to live independently without the supportive care of their family and/or community and who may be at high risk of requiring placement in an Adult Care Home or Nursing Home.

To qualify, a veteran must be enrolled in and receiving services from the VA Medical Center in Asheville. As part of the application, veterans must supply the following information:

  • A copy of discharge papers, showing dates of active service and character of discharge, if available. If not available, every effort will be made to verify eligibility;
  • Finances for the previous year, including earned and unearned income for the applicant, spouse and any dependents.

Maple Leaf Respite Care is located at 63 Elmwood Way in Waynesville. For more information, contact Misti Carver at 828-456-9488. Copies of the application package are also available from the Haywood County Veterans Services Office, located in the Haywood County Courthouse, 215 N. Main Street, in Waynesille. The Veterans Services Office can be reached at 452-6634.