Veterans, like others, can certainly get help from many outlets and venues. Some veterans may have a difficult time not just asking for assistance, but accepting it. When a veteran could benefit from a home care aide, whether they’re recovering from major surgery, a medical emergency, injuries, or simply dealing with the natural process of aging, they should be encouraged to look into it.
For those veterans who may not have a lot of money because of limited pensions, Social Security, or other situations, they might not even think about hiring through a home care agency because they assume it’s just too expensive. For these veterans, they should be encouraged to at least look into the Aid and Attendance Benefit, which could provide up to about $2,000 per month for qualifying veterans to pay for home care services.
For veterans looking into home care, there are a number of ways this can get help. Here are three to consider.
-First, they can get physical assistance.
Whether a person has been injured in an accident or is slowing down because of age, they might need help getting up from a chair, walking up and down stairs, going to the store, getting out of bed, taking a shower, or even just going to the bathroom. Getting that physical assistance from a spouse, adult children, friend, or neighbor may be okay, but the more help that’s required, the greater the pressure it places on that support network.
Experienced and professional home care aides can be a far better option because of their experience, consistent schedule, and availability.
-Second, they can get emotional encouragement.
This can also come from family and friends, but an experienced home care aide will often offer incredible emotional encouragement to their clients, thus helping them pursue activities and other points of interest they may have given up on because they no longer thought it was practical or even possible.
As long as it can be done safely and possibly with certain modifications, home care aides can help and that can improve quality of life tremendously.
-Third, they can improve safety.
Experienced caregivers understand how safety is often compromised as people get older or deal with injuries and other disabilities. They can make suggestions about home modifications, offer that physical support getting up and down stairs, for example, or otherwise discuss how safety is being compromised at this point in the veteran’s life.
Home care is a great asset for veterans and others, especially when they have difficulty getting around on their own.