There are many veterans out there who take a great deal of pride and dignity in their ability to take care of themselves, their loved ones, and even their friends. When a veteran has difficulty with their own basic care, whether it’s temporary following major surgery or injuries sustained in an accident or the natural process of aging, it can be difficult to ask for help. For some of these veterans, even the idea of home care is not something they want to think about.
However, it can be a wonderful idea.
It’s important to realize the benefits that hiring a home care aide can offer people of all ages, veterans and otherwise, when they have difficulty performing some of the basic tasks of everyday life. There could be any number of issues that cause a veteran to need help. After major surgery they might have to go through physical therapy. Before they regain strength and mobility, they might have difficulty getting out of bed on their own. They might not be able to get into and out of the shower or tub safely without assistance.
While some of these veterans may rely on a spouse or other family members to help out, home care aides are a great option to consider. Some people find it uncomfortable asking for help from a parent or sibling, for example, especially for something as intimate as going to the bathroom or taking a shower.
In other situations, safety could be an issue.
If a person has difficulty getting out of bed, how easily will they be able to walk up and down stairs? They might have trouble with that simple act, and that’s where a home care aide can also be beneficial.
What about affordability?
For some of these veterans who struggle to even consider hiring a home care aide or series of caregivers, if they’re limited in their income and don’t think it’s affordable, they may never look into it more seriously than that. For those veterans who may be considered ‘wartime veterans,’ the Aid and Attendance Benefit could be a great option to consider.
A veteran needs to be able to prove home care is necessary, have limited income and assets, have served at least one day of active duty service in a time of official combat, and be honorably discharged from service.
Any veteran or their family members who believe home care could be beneficial or who thinks they would qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit is encouraged to contact the VA and begin filling out an application immediately.
If you or someone you know needs home care for an aging veteran in Hampton, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at 603-343-4434 for more information.
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