Rita Files, LPN, VSR


Rita Files, LPN, VSR, is a nationally recognized expert on the knowledge and skills needed for working with the elderly. She has more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry, with 20 years focused on eldercare. Her background includes program development for many leading providers in the senior living industry. She works with families to provide solutions for the stress associated with caregiving for the elderly.

Together with her partner, Patricia Grace, she has developed Aging with Grace into a national eldercare resource program offered to several million families across the U.S. and Canada.

Files's commitment to help veterans age with dignity fueled her desire to pursue credentials as an accredited veteran service representative. Her mission, to honor those who have served and make sure they too are served, helps her provide powerful advocacy and resources to veterans and their families.

In addition to nursing experience, Files holds both state and national certifications in assisted-living administration and is a certified senior advisor through the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, a member of the National Care Planning Council. She holds Veterans Administration accreditation in veterans benefits through the National Veterans Organization of America.


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How long should an application for Veteran's Assistance take to process? — Nov 07, 2010
I know this must be very frustrating for your family. On the positive side, you are in the system, as once an applicant becomes a claimant the VA has a "duty to assist" an...
Are there VA benefits to be a paid family caregiver? — Oct 25, 2010
The Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit can be used as a source of money to pay family caregivers to provide care at home. This benefit, under the right circumstanc...
Can I receive veteran's benefits again from my first late husband? — Sep 22, 2010
Yes, you may be able to since you were married to the veteran at the time of his service-connected death and are not currently married, you may be eligible for the [Restore...
Will the VA cover hearing aids? — Sep 10, 2010
If a veteran is enrolled in the [VA Health System] (http://www1.va.gov/health/) and is service connected at 10 percent for any disability, he/she may be eligible for VA cov...
Can I go to any hospital in an emergency with veteran's medical benefits? — Sep 09, 2010
According to the VA web site, urgent and limited emergency care services are available to enrolled veterans at VA health care facilities or non-VA health care facilities at...
Will VA medical care still cover me if I get sick in another country? — Sep 09, 2010
According to the [VA web site] (http://www1.va.gov/health/), urgent and limited emergency care services are available to enrolled veterans at VA health care facilities or n...
As a veteran's widow, what home health care benefit is Mom eligible for? — Aug 19, 2010
As the widow of an eligible service connected veteran, Mom may be eligible to receive VA Death Pension Benefits to help supplement the cost of in home health care services...
Is Mom responsible for paying back VA pension if the VA made the mistake? — Aug 06, 2010
When dealing with the issue of paying the VA back for overpayment, you should not go it alone. You should contact a veterans service organization that will provide a servic...
How long does it take to get a veteran into a veteran's nursing home? — Jul 13, 2010
It is difficult to assign an average or usual length of time for this process. The time it takes to get a Veteran into a Veterans Nursing Home varies vastly from state to s...
How can I get an estimate of mom's veterans benefits? — Jul 13, 2010
From your question, it appears that Mom could be eligible for the the VA Disability Pension, commonly referred to as the VA Benefit for Aid & Attendance, since Dad's se...