Home care aides provide an invaluable resource and support for veterans of all ages. When a veteran has a need for assistance with their basic care, either through an injury, disability or the natural process of aging, they may rely on friends or family at first, but the longer they require assistance the more they begin to realize the benefits to depending on experienced caregivers.
For those veterans who may have difficulty with their own basic care at home but are resisting the idea of hiring a home care aide, below are three things that experienced caregivers want these veterans, regardless of their age, to understand.
Having support can make a world of difference in not just keeping people safe, but helping them enjoy life as much as possible. For the most experienced and compassionate home care providers, quality of life for their elderly or disabled clients is one of their top priorities.
They have seen the struggles that many people deal with on a daily basis. They have also seen how people can miss out on wonderful opportunities in life simply because they underestimate how valuable support is going to be.
They may qualify for financial assistance.
Not all veterans will, but some could certainly qualify for financial assistance that can be used to pay for home care support. Through the VA, the Aid and Attendance Benefit is one of the most prominent pension programs designed to help veterans who need home care assistance.
In order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, veterans need to have served at least 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. At least one day of service needs to have overlapped a formal time of combat, as defined by Congress. This would include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If a veteran served any time during the Gulf War, they need to have served a minimum of two years active duty.
Veterans also need to have been honorably discharged from service and be able to prove home care support is necessary. They also need to meet income and asset threshold limits.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring home care for a veteran and have the VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™. Call today: 1-855-380-4400