Home Care for Veterans
November is Military Family Appreciation Month and for those family members who have an elderly loved one who served in one of the major branches of the United States military, there are plenty of ways they can go about showing their appreciation for that service.
Veterans, as they get older, may require some type of care at home. They may rely on family members, such as an adult child or other individual to provide that level of support and assistance. That may seem fine for a while, but in most cases family members don’t have any prior experience providing this level of support and assistance. As a result, even though they may feel they’re doing the best thing for their loved one, it might not be enough.
The best way for anyone to show an aging veteran just how much they care can vary, and here are three ways to go about doing just that.
1. Encourage them to rely on professional home care services.
Professional home care services generally involves a home care aide. Some people don’t see this as practical, especially if they are on a limited budget. However, official home care is the most affordable senior care option and when you rely on somebody with a tremendous amount of experience doing this type of work, the aging veteran is going to benefit from it.
2. Ask the senior to share stories of his life.
As people get older, they will generally see their friends and other loved ones pass away through the years. This can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. It can also make them feel that no one really cares about them any longer.
By sitting down and asking this senior about their life, whether it was their childhood, their time in service, or anything else, it can lift their spirits and help them realize there are still so many things they could be enjoying right now.
3. Encourage them to still pursue their dreams.
There may be certain places the aging veteran wants to visit or things they want to do. Just because they may have difficulty tending to their own basic needs at home doesn’t mean they have to give up these dreams.
When you encourage them to pursue these dreams still, it’s a great way to show just how much you appreciate everything he has done in his life and for you and your family.
For more information and to learn about home care for veterans, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.