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3 Signs Aging Veterans May Need Home Care

Care for Aging Veterans in Indianapolis, IN

Care for Aging VeteransVeterans are no different than anyone else, except for the fact they likely sacrificed a certain amount of time, such as several years, out of their life to serve the country. It doesn’t matter if they were drafted during the Vietnam Conflict or volunteered for their service. At some point in time, even these veterans will reach a certain age when they experience a loss of physical strength and stamina, endurance, and other abilities that make it difficult to take care of themselves.

At this time, these veterans may require some type of home care. Being able to pay for home care can certainly be a challenge for many individuals, which is why so many family members take the torch to be the primary caregiver for their loved ones.

For aging veterans, the Aid and Attendance Benefit made available through the VA can certainly help to pay for this type of home care for certain veterans who qualify.

As for the necessity of home care, here are three potential signs that may indicate an aging veteran should consider the prospect of hiring a home care aide.

Sign #1: He’s calling for help consistently.

If the elderly veteran keeps calling family members who live not too far away and asks them to stop over and help him with something, it’s a pretty good sign that home care assistance may be a better option. Many people have a difficult time asking for assistance, but once they get past that hurdle they may have a tendency to call on help more and more frequently.

If that’s happening, then it’s time to sit down and talk about the prospect of hiring a home care aide.

Sign #2: He’s struggling with his balance.

If the elderly veteran is having a difficult time maintaining his balance, relies on a cane or walker, and has extreme difficulty getting up and down the stairs without somebody supporting him, then this is a pretty good indicator that a home care aide may be incredibly beneficial.

Having a home care aides stop by every day can provide this individual some comfort to know certain tasks can hold off until somebody else is there to help out.

Sign #3: He has expressed concerns about his safety.

The elderly veteran may have mentioned to a loved one that he doesn’t feel safe within his own home, but doesn’t want to leave. Increasing numbers of seniors prefer to ‘age in place,’ which basically means they want to remain at home where they are comfortable for the rest of their life. This is certainly possible, especially with the support of an experienced home care aide.

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 care for aging veterans 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