An aging veteran my struggle with their own basic care or face physical challenges as a result of injury, age or health. It can become frustrating getting out of bed, taking a shower or even using the restroom. Often, for aging veterans, it is not always easy to ask for help.
Whether they’re married or not, these men and women often need additional assistance.
Service members are frequently known for proud personality. That trait is fundamental to being strong, even in the face of extreme challenges, such as that which might be faced during combat.
If they begin having trouble with activities of daily living, they may prefer to struggle as best they can and forgo asking for help. Of course, aging veterans have another option, such as home care support. A home care aide can act as an additional resource to these veterans and their families allowing them to live comfortably without reliance on a family member.
What do home care aides offer?
–First and foremost, experienced home care aides can help elderly and disabled clients remain safe while being at home. More and more seniors today are preferring to ‘age in place,’ which means they want to remain in their home. This is inclusive of many aging veterans.
–Second, a home care aide can help their client perform many of the basic tasks of everyday life without the shame or embarrassment of asking for support from a family member or an adult child. Often, an aging veteran may make-due by struggling to get into and out of the shower or tub by themselves rather than asking an adult child or friend for assistance. Home care aide’s can assist with these intimate matters increasing the aging veterans overall quality of life.
–Thirdly, a home care aide can offer companionship. Many aging veterans may have mobility issues or the inability to socialize outside the home with friends and family. Additionally, many of their friends may have moved or passed away leaving them feeling lonely.
Home care providers can offer valuable companionship, but that is just one of the many benefits they offer.
What about veterans who can’t afford home care?
For those who do not have the financial resources to pay for home care, the VA offers the Pension with Aid and Attendance benefit. Veterans seeking to take advantage of this benefit must meet eligibility requirements such as: serve at least one day of active duty during a time in which the U.S. was officially engaged in combat, a doctor recommending home care aide services and show that they have the correct medical expense to income ratio.