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Planning Proper Home Care for an Aging Veteran

Help for Aging Veterans in Indianapolis, IN

Help for Aging VeteransPlanning proper home care for aging veterans does not have to be as difficult as it may seem. Many of these veterans have a great deal of pride in being able to take care of themselves. Yet, at some point in time in their 70s, 80s, or 90s, they may reach a point where they can no longer tend to their own basic needs.

For those who have an aging veteran father or grandfather and are concerned about his well-being, making plans for proper care at home should begin as soon as concerns arise.

September is International Strategic Thinking Month and here are some ideas that may help you begin the planning process.

1. Talk about it early enough.

Even if the elderly veteran doesn’t want to discuss the prospect of hiring a home care aide, you should at least let him know you have concerns. You might have concerns about his ability to be safe, take care of the house, and live in a safe and comfortable environment.

As long as you begin mentioning it as soon as you recognize situations that cause you concern, he may begin to acknowledge certain challenges he’s facing.

2. Enlist the assistance of other family members or friends.

If you are an only child or your father doesn’t have other family members who are around, it can certainly feel like you are up against a major challenge trying to convince him to consider home care. However, he likely has friends in the area who may be able to talk to him as well. Maybe some of these friends have moved into other living situations or rely on home care themselves.

Call on them to help have this conversation with your father.

3. Find out what types of home care services are available.

Every part of the country’s different, but most of them have at least one or more home care agencies that provide numerous support services to aging veterans and other seniors. Find out what type of care your father may need and what is available.

4. Discuss the financing.

One of the most commonly argued points when it comes to home care is that the veteran can’t afford it. If your father served during an active time of combat, such as the Korean War or the Vietnam Conflict, he may qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit made available through the VA.

Find out as much as you can about this pension program and encourage your father to begin the application process.

The professionals at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. Great Care is a non medical in-home care agency providing quality and affordable Veteran’s care in Indianapolis, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (888) 240-9101 for more information.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com