Care for an Aging Veteran
Getting the proper care for aging veterans is not very complicated, even when they need care at home. While some elderly veterans may balk at the idea of hiring a professional home care aide because of the cost, for those who may qualify, the Aid and Attendance Benefit, made available through the VA, is a great asset.
Getting the best kind of home care for anyone, whether they are a veteran of the United States military or not, is a matter of taking the right steps at the right time. Here are three important and positive steps that can help aging veterans get the right type of care they need at home.
Positive Step #1: Acknowledge the need for assistance.
When people get older, they have a difficult time admitting their limitations. When they begin struggling to complete some general maintenance around the house or other tasks that require a bit of strength and dexterity, they may continue to try and do these things or, eventually give them up altogether.
At some point in time, though, these same elderly veterans will begin to have difficulty with their own basic care. By helping them acknowledge the need for assistance, it can move them closer to the notion of relying on home care support. How do we get these aging veterans to acknowledge this need?
By pointing out all of the things they may still be able to do, with the right type of assistance and support.
Positive Step #2: Learn about local agencies.
There are home care agencies providing support and services for almost every elderly individual in the United States who needs it. They are accessible for most communities and in larger towns and cities there are numerous agencies all providing home care support.
Contact one or at least several of these agencies and learn about the various services they offer, the things their caregivers can do to help the elderly veteran, and then relay that information to the senior.
Positive Step #3: Include the senior in the selection process.
The elderly veteran needs to admit the need for some type of home care because he still has the right to determine the course of his life. When he accepts the reality and the benefits of home care support, make sure to include him in every step of the process.
This includes contacting the agency, sitting down with the administrator to discuss the needs and prospects and even interviewing some caregivers, if that is part of the process.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring care for an aging veteran, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination. Call today: 1-855-777-4693