Caring for Our Aging Veterans – The Greatest Generation Can Maintain Their Independence with Home Care Services

Throughout our lives, our parent’s and grandparent’s generations have shown how supportive, strong, and formative they are; especially our veterans. As they age, it is our time to give back to them in the best way possible. When things around the home, or even driving, get to be difficult, hiring a home care service provider can help with every day activities and allow your aging veteran to still have their independence.

A home care service provider will assist your veteran loved one with light housekeeping, such as cleaning the bathroom or kitchen, sweeping and mopping floors, vacuuming, doing the dishes, dusting, and changing bedding. These are all things that might become physically difficult as our loved ones age. It might be hard for someone that is used to being independent to have to rely on someone else to do the simplest of tasks around the home; however, a home care provider can put your senior loved one at ease by also providing companionship and making the situation a pleasant one. Also, if able to do so, an aging senior might be able to partake or still assist in the cleaning in some way.

When you or other family members are working or have children’s activities to attend to, it might be difficult to keep tabs on whether your aging veteran parent or grandparent is eating healthy. A home care provider can assist with preparing nutritious, well-balanced meals for your loved one. To help with the times when the care provider or a family isn’t there for dinner, meals can be prepared ahead of time and packaged individually for dinners throughout the week. This is also a great time for a home care provider and your senior veteran to spend some bonding time in the kitchen, as well as some good conversation over lunch or dinner.

As we all know, our senior family members may need to take medication and if we can’t always be there to monitor this, it can become worrisome. A health care provider can help with reminders about when to take medication. You can communicate with the care provider to decide what system is best for providing reminders–this might be notes on a calendar, an alarm, and there are pill dispensers that can be purchased with alarms on them. This device will not only ensure that your senior is hearing the reminder, but also that they are taking the proper pills.

Transportation can be another area where your aging veteran might be losing their independence. Relying on public transportation, a taxi, or community transportation system is not always convenient and can leave your loved one feeling overwhelmed. A home care provider can be there to alleviate this problem; they can drive your loved one to the store, a doctor appointment, hair appointment, or any other errands they might need to run.

Making the decision of hiring a home care provider for your aging veteran family member will not only put your mind at ease, but can also provide good company and allow your loved one to still feel they have some independence.

For more information on the VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit that helps senior veterans pay for in-home care services, or if you have a general question about VA Home Care, please don’t hesitate to call Veterans 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.