The veteran in your life may have been strong and independent for much of his life but now you’re beginning to wonder if he requires some form of home care. It’s not easy to admit that the people in our life, especially our parents who had been so strong for us throughout our lives, might be struggling with their own care, but it’s also important that you not ignore the common signs that he might need assistance at home.
Veterans home care is really no different than any other type of home care. The only difference is that you’re talking about the men and women who served the United States military, putting their lives on the line for their country and freedom.
If you notice some of the following signs that your loved one is exhibiting, then they might require some form of help at home.
Having difficulty cleaning and doing the laundry. It’s a common problem among many aging individuals to keep their home clean or to do their laundry, especially if the washer and dryer is in the basement of their home. If they struggle to get up and down the stairs in their house, then they may delay doing laundry altogether.
If you notice that their clothing doesn’t seem clean or that the house appears less clean than you’re accustomed to seeing it, then talk to your loved one. Find out if he or she is having trouble taking care of these things.
Hygiene problems. Another major sign that an elderly loved one might need some form of veterans home care is their hygiene. If you notice that he or she isn’t as clean, that they aren’t washing their hair, or that their skin appears sallow or unkempt, this could be an indication that they are not showering.
This could be due to a loss of strength in their legs, which causes them to lose their balance when stepping into or out of the shower.
Losing weight. Whenever an elderly individual begins to lose weight dramatically, this can usually be a sign that they have a health related issue. It can also highlight that they might be having trouble preparing their own meals.
If you suspect that your loved one isn’t eating properly, or you have concerns about their ability to care for themselves at home, talk to them. They may be a veteran, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to health problems or aging and they may need home care.
For more information and to learn about the Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.