Aging Veterans Care
Sometimes, people need a little extra help. Some veterans may require extra assistance, especially as they get older. For aging veterans, home care may be necessary at some point in time.
Affording this new type of help.
Just like for other seniors, aging veterans might have a difficult time finding extra money to pay for home care support. If that’s the case, though, they can look into various pensions, including the Aid and Attendance Benefit, made available through the VA.
When a veteran is home alone most of the time, as they get older they will begin experiencing new challenges. Some of these challenges can make it difficult for them to stay safe.
Relying on an experienced home care aide to provide support and assistance throughout the day is a great way to improve safety for anyone. There are numerous ways that an experienced caregiver can improve safety for elderly clients.
Providing physical support.
One of the best ways is through physical support. A caregiver can help the elderly veteran get out of bed, get into and out of the shower, go to the bathroom safely, help them do laundry, light housekeeping, and even preparing meals.
They may be able to provide transportation to get them to the store, to a doctor’s appointment, or to the park to go for a walk. That physical support, having somebody else to lean on, can provide extra comfort and security. It can also improve safety.
Acknowledging various hazards.
Around the house there are plenty of hazards and most people overlook them far too easily. The more experience a home care aide has working with elderly clients, the more easily they will be able to detect some of those hazards and bring attention to them.
When a person feels lonely, they may be more prone to depression and might pay less attention to their surroundings and safety. An elderly veteran who may be suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder might have a tendency to hoard items, creating a lot of clutter throughout the house. This compulsion stuff may increase due to loneliness.
Having somebody stopping by, carrying on a conversation, playing games, and being a companion can help the elderly veteran feel more connected and more comfortable. An experienced caregiver can also point out the various risk factors associated with isolation, the clutter that’s built up around him, and might be able to help clear out some of that clutter.
Home care is a great asset for veterans of all ages and it can help them stay safer at home.