Sometimes it can be difficult figuring out whether a family member, like an aging parent, who happens to be a veteran, is safe and taking care of himself or herself well enough at the moment. When veterans begin having too much difficulty tending to their own basic care or completing activities of daily living without assistance, family and friends can certainly step up and help, but a home care aide can be a valuable asset.
For some veterans, though, the idea of hiring a home care provider is not realistic. They might not be able to afford it. Some veterans may not readily admit they need help.
Below are three potential signs that a veteran, regardless of age, is having a bit too much trouble on their own at home and may benefit from a home care provider…
Sign #1: They keep falling.
As people get older, they will face new challenges. Some of those challenges are going to be physical. It will become more difficult for them to crawl out of bed, climb up and down the stairs, or even get up from a recliner or other deep-seated chair. These physical changes will also mean an increased risk of falling down.
If a person in their 70s or 80s falls and avoids injury, that’s something to be grateful about. It’s also a sign that they will probably fall again before too long. This is a clear indication they need help around the house and the best kind is provided by home care aides.
Sign #2: They keep calling for help.
If an aging veteran continues to call friends, adult children, or other family members for assistance around the house, running errands, going to the store, cleaning out the gutters in the spring, clearing the sidewalk in the fall, or just about anything else, it means he or she can no longer do these things on their own.
If that’s the case, family and friends will likely want to help, but whether or not they can is a different story. More experienced home care providers are usually a far better asset for people as they get older, but combining the help of an experienced caregiver with family can be the best of everything.
Sign #3: They avoid keeping up with cleaning or general maintenance at home.
If this elderly veteran is letting the house fall apart around them, if he doesn’t clean, if he’s not taking care of his own personal hygiene, this could be a clear indicator he needs help. This is where a home care aide can be an invaluable asset. For those that may be limited in their income, the Aid and Attendance Benefit might be something to seriously consider.
If you or a loved one are considering home care for Veterans, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™. Call today: 1-855-380-4400