Aging veterans care: As we age we face health issues, physical challenges, and loneliness. Veterans can be independent and take a great deal of pride in their ability to support themselves and be there for friends and family. Yet, their needs will be similar to any aging individual. Home care can be one of the best decisions an aging veteran can make.
Pride can get in the way.
When someone begins struggling with their activities of daily living or when they can’t seem to do the things they could a few years earlier, they may prefer to keep trying rather than ask for assistance.
There will likely come a time when a veteran of advancing years begins to feel unsteady on their feet and the ability to get out of bed safely is no longer guaranteed. At this point in their life, they may slow down and try to be ‘extra cautious’ while taking their chances.
How can home care help?
Home care aides can provide an invaluable resource and support most commonly in the form of physical assistance. They can help aging and disabled veterans and surviving spouses get out of bed safely in the morning, help them with personal hygiene when necessary (like brushing their teeth, getting into and out of the shower, and even toileting), and may even provide transportation options to the store, doctors’ appointments, or other destinations. Additionally, caregivers provide companionship.
What about those who can’t afford home care?
The VA offers a benefit that could help. It’s called Pension with Aid and Attendance and it offers financial assistance to qualifying veterans and their dependents, such as a spouse. The veteran must be considered a wartime veteran, which means he or she needs to have served at least one day of their active duty service during a time of ‘official combat,’ as defined by Congress.
The veteran also needs to have proof of the need for home care (ie. a doctor has specifically recommended these services), etc. The need for home care should not be due to an injury or disability sustained during active duty service.
When a veteran realizes the true and lasting benefits of home care support and believes he or she may qualify for financial assistance through Aid and Attendance, they should complete an application.