VA Home Care
While Independence Day is July 4 and is a celebration of the birth of the United States, it’s also a good time to talk about proper care for aging veterans. Veterans served their country, sacrificing their time, certain aspects of their life, and maybe even their own health and well-being to do so. There are an estimated 23 million veterans living in the United States right now (veteransinc.org). The vast majority of them are able to attend to their own basic care without much assistance from outside. However, there are still millions who may require some extra assistance within the comfort of their home due to injuries, disabilities, or the natural process of aging.
As people get older, they will likely deal with various health issues, including limited strength and mobility. When people are in their 70s or 80s, it can be difficult to tend to some basic tasks around the house, including getting up and down the stairs safely, getting into and out of the shower without slipping, preparing meals, getting to doctors’ appointments, and much more.
Throughout the year there are several holidays that celebrate the military and the effort that these servicemen and women have made to help make this a great nation, keep it safe, and protect freedom around the world. There is Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and, of course, Independence Day.
For anyone who knows an aging veteran, the Fourth of July is a great time to talk about not just their service, if they want to share their experiences, but also about the various programs that can be available to help them afford home care when it is needed. Many elderly veterans may be on a limited income with a pension or retirement fund and might not be able to afford home care when it’s needed.
One of the most significant pension programs available for these veterans is known as the Aid and Attendance Benefit. Applying for this pension program is not as complicated as it may sound at first, but it can take quite some time to hear back about whether they are approved for it. Only veterans who served at least one day of a minimum of 90 days of active duty service that was during a time of active combat can qualify for this particular pension program.
Take the opportunity to share information about this particular pension program with aging veterans, especially those who may be having difficulty tending to their own basic care at home.
For more information and to learn about VA home care, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.