3 Common Excuses Why Aging Veterans Don’t Consider Home Care

Veterans Home Care Visits

There are plenty of reasons why a person might not even consider the prospect of home care, including aging veterans. Elderly veterans are no different than any other type of senior, except that they served in the United States military during their younger years. Whether their time of service was two years, four years, 10 years, 20 years, or any length of time, they had to go through Boot Camp, which can be physically and emotionally grueling, and maybe they served during an active combat situation.

This can create quite a bit of pride among veterans, especially with regard to their ability to take care of themselves. As they get older, when they begin to lose the ability to care for themselves, they might not actively seek out assistance from anyone else, especially a professional home care aide who works for an agency.

There are many excuses people often use when refusing to consider the prospect of home care, and three of the common ones that you may hear from the elderly veteran in your life are included below.

Common Excuse #1: I don’t need anyone’s help; I never did.

When somebody served in one of the major branches of the United States military, they were likely very independent in their own life. They may have supported their own family, raised children, built a business, and even helped out other veterans in need. The mere notion of requiring assistance for their own life might never have crossed their mind.

Common Excuse #2: I’ve got plenty of friends in the area.

Veterans often rely on their own to provide assistance for them through the years. The veteran may be part of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) or some other veteran organization and have a network of men and women who provide assistance for other veterans who require it for a variety of reasons.

If they call these people their friends, even though they may only know them in passing, it can provide a false sense of security. The veteran may call on somebody from these organizations to help them, but what happens if those people are unavailable to assist?

Common Excuse #3: They can’t afford it.

Many elderly veterans are on a fixed income and when they have to pay for prescription medications, housing, and other basic expenses, it can severely limit their ability to pay for other things. However, if the veteran served during an active time of combat (they don’t have to have served in a combat situation, but at least one day of their active duty service had to have fallen during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, or the Gulf War) they may qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, which can help pay for home care.

For more information and to learn about Veterans Home Care Visits, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.

Bonnie Laiderman, CEO

Bonnie Laiderman, founder and president of Veterans Home Care®, has helped more than 16,000 veterans and their spouses receive in-home care through the unique VetAssist® Program. Started in 2003 as a one-woman operation, Bonnie has overseen the growth of the company to become one of the largest women-owned companies in the St. Louis Metro Region. Veterans Home Care has also earned the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Ethics and Inc. 5000 award of fastest growing companies six times. Now with offices coast-to-coast, Veterans Home Care serves our veterans in 44 states throughout the country.