Most of us deal with health issues from time to time. Some people endure more serious health issues for a prolonged period of time. Others may only have an occasional cold, broken bone sustained in an accident, or surgery that took a few weeks to recover from. For an elderly veteran, if he or she is dealing with any number of health issues, could they benefit from a home care aide?
In other words, do they need help with daily tasks?
Activities of Daily Living, or more commonly referred to as ADLs, basically include preparing meals, getting dressed, taking a shower, going to the bathroom, getting up and down stairs, and so on. They can also be referred to as basic housekeeping, such as vacuuming every once in a while, dusting, doing laundry, and more.
With an elderly veteran who is having certain health issues that prevent him or her from keeping up with these Activities of Daily Living, a home care aide would be an asset.
A home care aide is not a housekeeper or maid.
They are not hired just to come in and clean the house. They are there to support the elderly or disabled individual. They can certainly assist with some of these tasks, but the main focus of their job is helping that senior or other individual keep up with the things they need to do in a safe and healthy manner.
When a veteran is dealing with health issues, he might need physical support.
Even a veteran in their 40s or 50s, for example, who may be struggling with mobility, strength, energy, or recovering from major surgery or a serious health issue might struggle to get out of bed. They might have difficulty getting up and down the stairs. They might also be relying on family and friends for the time being.
In truth, the more experience a caregiver has, the better it’s going to be for the person who needs their assistance.
For some veterans, they might be eligible for financial assistance to pay for home care.
Wartime veterans, or those veterans who served at least one day of their active duty service during a time of official combat, whether they actually were anywhere near combat or not, could be eligible for the Aid and Attendance Benefit. This pension can provide financial support to those qualifying veterans when they can prove home care is necessary at this point in their life.