Aging Veterans May Need to Prepare for Home Care (before It’s Needed)

Aging Veterans May Need to Prepare for Home Care (before It’s Needed)

Veterans Home Care Services

The moment of realization is not the same for everyone. In fact, for some people, including veterans, the idea that home care may be necessary can be a tough one to tackle. One of the most important aspects, though, is that it’s realized before there comes a time when there’s no longer a choice.

What constitutes a need for home care?

Having some type of challenge when living at home, whether it’s alone or with a spouse or friend, means requiring help with certain aspects of daily care. For an aging veteran, asking for help may be something he is reluctant to do.

Just because he may require some assistance around the house, that doesn’t mean he’s going to need care all the time, does it? No, but eventually things can change, and usually when we’re not paying attention to the details.

Whether the aging veteran requires assistance just one or two days a week or every single day means he should at least sit down and consider the prospect of home care. Asking for help isn’t the part of the situation that’s going to cause him the most grief or frustration; that would belong to a situation in which he slips, falls, and is injured as a result of it.

Begin preparing now.

Even if the aging veteran has decided against home care at the moment, that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t consider getting prepared. September is National Preparedness Month and when you’re prepared, it means you begin taking into account a number of different factors that can impact your life, health, or safety.

The first step is to learn as much as possible about home care options. Many people don’t realize that it’s the most affordable care option for aging seniors and veterans. In fact, a person could end up relying on home care for just a couple of hours a day, one or two days a week. Or they could call on the assistance of caregivers around the clock if that was needed.

The next step is to find out what agencies provide home care aides. Contact the agency and begin talking about availability, see who is available, and focus on finding someone with whom the aging veteran will feel most comfortable.

Finally, discuss the things the senior might wish to do, even though he may have given up some of those things in recent years. With proper home care, veterans of all advanced years can do much more than they might have realized.

For more information and to learn about Veterans Home Care Services, 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.