4 Signs Aging Veterans with Alzheimer’s Should Consider Home Care

Veterans Senior Care

Veterans are not unlike most other people, but they have a different viewpoint on certain things. Anybody who served in the United States military, whether it was the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or even the National Guard will have gone through a rigorous training. In which they learned a great deal of self-discipline and respect, not just for their commanding officers and their fellow soldiers, but for other people as well.

For elderly veterans who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, getting the proper care at home as early as possible is a great way to help maximize the quality of life. However, it can be difficult to convince the veteran to rely on an outside caregiver.

This is one reason why so many family members step up to provide care for their aging loved ones. Here are four signs that the elderly veteran in your life should consider home care now.

1. He’s forgetting appointments.

Memory loss is one of the most significant signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, and while you and other family members have already noticed this pattern developing, if you are forgetting doctor’s appointments, to take prescription medications, or even to do other basic things, calling him to remind him may be fine for a while, but having a professional caregiver working with him on a regular basis is the best option.

2. There is a risk of wandering.

With Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, there is always a risk the elderly individual will step outside and wander off from the house. They may be thinking they are in a different place, that they have to go do something, and when they step away from the house they may become confused and disoriented. This can be a potentially dangerous situation.

3. He has expressed concerns about his own safety.

If the elderly veteran hasn’t discussed home care but is talking about safety issues or concerns he has, it’s time to learn as much as possible about professional care services and talk to him directly about it.

4. You have concerns about his safety.

Even if he keeps saying he’s fine, doesn’t need help, and just needs some extra time to do various things but you notice a pattern developing that affects his safety, you need to address this as soon as possible. If he has slipped and fallen recently, this is a good sign professional home care is important for this aging veteran.

For more information and to learn about Veterans Senior Care, 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.