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Listening Is One Way of Being Supportive for a Senior Loved One

Ways to be Supportive of the Veteran who requires Home Care

“One Senior Man’s Story after Returning from Vietnam War in Sacramento, CA”

When James returned from the Vietnam War, he was a different person. That’s what his friends and family members all said. While he was quieter, more sober, and more serene, he was also disciplined and determined to provide for his family well enough.

He worked hard in a factory for 46 years before retiring to try and enjoy life. He was able to enjoy his retirement years for the most part, but it has become clear in recent months that he needs some type of home care.

James’s family has been trying to be supportive of him, considering his veteran status and the obvious need for home care. It isn’t easy because James still believes he is independent and doesn’t need help, even though the signs are clear.

There are still ways to be so supportive of a veteran who requires care, whether they acknowledge their limitations, challenges, or other factors.

Be somebody to talk to.

Being an individual willing to sit down and talk to a veteran, and especially listen to what they have to say, is going to be incredibly supportive. A veteran who requires some type of home care may have concerns, fears, and anxieties that they don’t recognize at the time.

Be there for the veteran when he or she calls, wants to talk, or just needs some company. Often, once they begin talking about the challenges they face, their anxieties and fears, and other issues, it could become clear that they would benefit from a professional home care provider.

Discuss the Aid and Attendance pension program with the veteran.

The elderly veteran may not know about the Aid and Attendance pension program that is available through the VA. This is a pension program that offers financial assistance to certain veterans who served at least one day of active duty service during a time of combat as designated by Congress. There are other qualifications that need to be met, and an income level as well as assets threshold, but a veteran who doesn’t even know it exists may never apply for, even if they qualify.

Encourage the veteran to hire a professional home care provider.

Even though the veteran may not consider home care a viable option at this time, the more they learn about the services they offer, the more they might realize they can get involved in various activities once again.

By talking about the positives that these services offer, the more likely the veteran will truly consider professional home care.

If you have an aging loved one who needs professional veterans home care, or are considering home care services for yourself call Harmony Home Care and talk to our care staff. They will be attentive to your situation, and provide clear and immediate options to help you deal with the difficulties you face. Harmony Home Care provides services for the greater Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado Counties including: Sacramento, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Granite Bay, Roseville, Cameron Park, Placerville and surrounding areas. For more information and a FREE assessment CALL (916) 414-9100.

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