When Dad’s Alone – Why Home Care Offers More Than Just Companionship for Aging Veterans
VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit
Your father has been living alone for more than eight years. In the beginning, after your mother had passed away, he was spending a lot of time with his friends. Most of his friends were also fellow service members and he formed strong bonds with them through the years.
After a couple of years they all began dealing with their own health issues. Some moved away, some passed away, and some reached a point when they can no longer get out and about safely. They relied on their family and friends for support, but your father is basically alone in his region of the country. You and everyone else in your family live somewhere else. It’s just not practical for you to offer the kind of support he needs.
At first, you might have talked to him about home care assistance, but he wasn’t ready for it. He didn’t see the need to have somebody stopping by his house daily because he was still able to get out of bed, take a shower, go to the bathroom, take the garbage out, cook for himself, and keep up with his home, for the most part.
He wasn’t interested in companionship, at least not paying for it. He figured at that time a home care aide would be offering little more than companionship.
Now, though, things are different. Not only is your father expressing loneliness, it sounds as though he’s becoming more depressed and feeling isolated when you talk to him on the phone.
He is still able to do many things without assistance, but you wonder just how much he has slowed down physically.
Home care is more than just companionship.
Yes, home care aides can offer companionship, but they offer physical support and assistance to those elderly clients who need it. That physical support can allow them the opportunity to stay safe, pursue certain activities that are of interest to them, and enjoy a higher quality of life.
At this point in his life, your father may very well benefit from a home care aide or a series of caregivers, depending on his specific needs. He can hire a home care aide for just a couple of hours one day a week to start. That could introduce him to a world of options he never considered before. If he’s concerned about affordability, he should look into the Aid and Attendance Benefit, which could help pay for home care support to qualifying veterans.
If you or a loved one are considering the VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination. Call today: 1-855-777-4693