Caregivers for Aging Veterans
It’s easy to have various misconceptions about people we don’t really know. When it comes to elderly veterans and home care, there are quite a few things some people may assume about them, especially when they have difficulty getting around on their own.
Here are four particular misconceptions far too many people have about elderly veterans, especially those who require some type of care at home.
Misconception #1: Elderly veterans are too independent to accept help.
Just because somebody served in the United States military doesn’t mean they are completely set in their ways. Everyone can change. Regardless of how independent a person may be, elderly or not, there will probably come a time when they must accept reality. Maybe an elderly veteran had refused to even consider the prospect of home care in the past, but as they deal with more challenges in life, they may have a reassessment of their physical capabilities.
Misconception #2: Aging veterans don’t contribute to society.
There are many things that veterans of all ages do to help improve society around them. These individuals have a certain fraternity with other veterans and take part in numerous community service projects.
These aging veterans do a lot more than just hand out small flowers for donations around the holiday season. They may help at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, providing clothing to the homeless, supporting other veterans who have been injured or disabled during combat, and much more.
Just because an elderly veteran may require assistance at home doesn’t mean he is no longer a productive member of society.
Misconception #3: Aging individuals don’t need close relationships.
Just because somebody has been living alone for many years doesn’t mean they don’t miss companionship and conversation. Human beings are social creatures and thrive when they are surrounded by others. This is true of veterans and any other elderly individual who may have difficulty taking care of themselves at home and live alone.
Misconception #4: Elderly veterans can’t afford home care.
There are numerous pension programs that are designed to help veterans of all ages, including seniors who may require home care. One of these is called the Aid and Attendance Benefit. It is made available through the VA and if the elderly veteran served at least one day of active duty service during an active time of combat as defined by Congress, they may qualify for this pension program that can help pay for home care assistance.
For more information and to learn about caregivers for aging veterans, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.