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The Challenges of Home Care for Veterans

Care for Aging Veterans in Houston, TX

Care-for-Aging-VeteransProviding home care for seniors can be a challenge. Providing it for aging veterans is not much different, but there are certain aspects that can be even more challenging.

Veterans are men and women who serve their country in the military, whether they served during an active time of combat or not. There are millions of veterans throughout the United States, and many of them have reached retirement age.

For aging veterans, relying on home care may be a reasonable option that can help encourage them to stay active and safe. However, many veterans have a tendency to be extremely independent. These are men and women who served their country and took care of their family while dealing with a number of other challenges in life, especially for those who served in combat situations.

One of the most common challenges that family members face when trying to convince an elderly loved one who is also a veteran is to consider the prospect of home care.

Refusing outside assistance.

A person who has a great deal of pride in their ability to take care of themselves is likely going to be more reluctant to even consider the prospect of looking outside for support and assistance. This is true of all types of people, regardless of whether they are a veteran or not. In truth, though, some aging veterans are going to be far more reluctant to even discuss the notion of relying on a home care provider.

How to convince a senior veteran to consider relying on a caregiver.

People often have plenty of excuses why they don’t want to consider relying on outside support and assistance. One of the most common has to do with cost. For aging veterans, especially those who are on a limited or fixed income, they may point to the cost of home care as being the primary reason to not even consider it.

However, there are many programs that can support veterans, especially those who require some type of care at home. One of those is the Aid and Attendance Benefit. This pension program is made available through the Veterans Administration and can pay for a significant portion, if not all, of home care services that are necessary.

In order to qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, the veteran needs to have served at least 90 days of active duty service, with one of those days being during a time of active combat. They don’t need to have served in combat, but they need to have served during a time of active combat, such as World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, in the Gulf War. They also need to show a specific need for home care assistance. This can generally be provided through a doctor’s recommendation.

While stubbornness may be a problem for some family members when trying to convince an elderly loved one to consider home care, for the veteran who may qualify for this pension, cost is no longer an obstacle to overcome.

The caregivers at SYNERGY HomeCare are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. SYNERGY HomeCare is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable care for aging veterans in Houston, TX and the surrounding areas. Call us for more information at 713-396-5211.

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Mike Willett

Michael Willett is the owner of the Synergy HomeCare Central Houston office, but is also the Regional Director for Synergy HomeCare in South Texas.He currently acts as the owner and co-administrator of his owned & operated Synergy HomeCare franchise, but also develops the Synergy HomeCare franchise throughout Texas.Mr. Willett joined Synergy HomeCare in August of 2006 and has built a very successful franchise over the past seven years.Synergy HomeCare now has seven locations in Houston/Beaumont, Texas region, and plans to expand into several additional Texas markets within the next 12 months.Prior to his entrepreneurial venture into Synergy HomeCare, Mr. Willett was a portfolio manager for a Houston-based Investment Management firm.

Specialties: Mr. Willett is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.After graduating from undergraduate school in 1993, Mr. Willett accepted a position as an analyst within the Valuation Service Group of Price Waterhouse in Chicago, Illinois.Mr. Willett spent three years in financial consulting before transitioning into the world of investment management.

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