Home Care for Veterans
Veterans often go through a lot of difficult circumstances, whether they see combat or not. Just going through boot camp can be a life-changing event for most young men and women.
For those veterans who may have been injured, suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, or have reached a certain age and are beginning to have difficulty in life, they might need home care support.
Where can veterans turn for home care?
There are plenty of options available to veterans of all ages to get health care, home care, or other support. There are numerous nonprofit organizations all across the country that provide services to veterans for many different aspects of life. There’s also the VA, where veterans can apply for financial support, disability, receive healthcare services, and much more.
When veterans require home care assistance, they can turn to agencies in the area. There are many agencies all across the country, and depending on where the veteran lives.
The cost of home care support.
For some veterans, especially those on a limited or fixed income, they might assume home care is simply too expensive. If they served during an active time of combat, even if it was one day of their service that overlapped, they may qualify for the Aid in Attendance Benefit, which is a pension designed to pay more than $2,000 per month to qualifying veterans for home care support and assistance.
In order to qualify, the veteran needs to have served a minimum of 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. A minimum of one day of service, whether they served 90 days or 20 years, needs to have fallen during a time of active combat, as defined by Congress.
They need to be honorably discharged and be able to show a specific requirement for home care support. In many situations, if a doctor recommends home care support, that doctor may be more than willing to write a letter of recommendation to be submitted with the application. If the veteran doesn’t have access to that type of letter, he or she can prove the necessity of home care in other ways.
Once approved, veterans should always consider hiring an agency to provide the home care support they need. That’s because there will be numerous caregivers from which to choose, a great support network, and the kind of experience that can make a world of difference in their life.