Home Care for Veterans
Your grandfather is a veteran. He served during the Korean War. He never really talked much about his time in service, and you assumed it was because he saw too many things he wanted to forget.
You and the rest of your family respected him for that. As a veteran, though, moving well through his 80s, you worry about his safety and well-being at home. You keep talking to him about home care support, but it’s a little bit difficult because he so independent.
When he’s alone, you notice him changing a little bit more. He becomes more depressed, withdrawn, and even anxious. Below are three possible ways you might be able to help your elderly grandfather stay more positive, which can help him better take care of himself and feel better about his future.
1. Get him active.
If people are sitting around watching TV or not doing much of anything at all, the chances of feeling depressed increase. If you can get him out and be active, whether that means a trip to the local VFW every once in a while, to go out visit with friends, or just go to the mall or walk around in a park, that can make a world of difference.
You might not be in the position to help them with this, but that’s where a home care aide can really be beneficial.
2. Provide the best support.
What is the best support for an elderly veteran? Is it you or another family member? Is a friend? Is it a spouse?
No, the best type of support comes in the form of an experienced home care aide. By relying on an aide, your grandfather can get help getting out of bed, getting into and out of the shower, taking a ride to the store, and doing any number of activities that are of interest or important to him.
3. Talk to him and listen.
Sitting down and having a conversation is time well spent, especially with an elderly loved one. If you are the one taking care of him for the most part right now, you may not feel as though you have the time to actually share a long conversation.
If you consider hiring a home care aide instead, those minutes and hours spent with him could be better served having a conversation, getting to know more about him, and actually paying attention to what he says. You might learn something amazing about his life, his desires, or something he wants to do now at this stage in his life.