It’s not always easy figuring out how to help somebody when they get older and begin struggling with their own basic care. For an elderly veteran, home care is the right option to consider, but some veterans may not believe it’s possible or reasonable to even think about this.
They may have limited financial resources.
An aging veteran, for example, might be living off of a pension or Social Security payments. Those might be enough to cover the basic living expenses, such as a mortgage or rent, their utilities, food, and perhaps prescription medications or something else they need on a regular basis.
At the end of the month, when all the bills have been paid, they may have nothing left over. Some veterans may already be tapping into their savings, which they might not have expected to do at this point in their life. The notion of home care is almost laughable to some.
For those considered ‘wartime veterans,’ there is a pension that can help.
This is known as the Aid and Attendance Benefit. This pension was developed following World War I to help returning soldiers get the care they needed at home. It was expanded since and now provides financial assistance to veterans from all walks of life, whether they were injured or disabled during active service or not, and it can be the difference between getting the help an aging veteran needs and having to rely on family and friends.
While family and friends are a great asset, it’s not the best care option.
The best care option is to hire through an agency. Hiring a home care aide or even a home health care provider (such as a visiting nurse) could be exactly what this veteran needs at this point in his life. Hiring through an agency offers better flexibility, often provides more experienced caregivers, and has a stronger support system than any other option out there.
Also, many agencies already have experience working with other veterans and can help them navigate this process. If a veteran believes he or she might qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, they should contact their local VA representative to begin the application process.
They need to have served at least one day during a time of official combat, as defined by Congress, have served at least 90 days active duty (two years if they served any time during the Gulf War), have limited income and assets, and be able to document a specific need for home care support.
Interim HealthCare is a nationwide company that is dedicated to helping seniors maintain full, independent lives where they most desire to live: in the comfort of their own homes. Call us today to find a location near you. 800-944-8888
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