Military veterans and caregivers across the United States actually share a common enemy in some cases. Post traumatic stress disorder is one of the most commonly reported mental illnesses that veterans as well as caregivers report. For those veterans who require home care, finding the right caregiver and dealing with the stress of managing their basic care can sometimes be overwhelming.
For those aging veterans who are over the age of 65, finding the right home care or even affording it can seem challenging. If they are dealing with any type of post–traumatic stress disorder, it may make them feel as though they are all alone in their battle. This is one of the key reasons why proper home care is necessary.
Far too many elderly veterans never pursue home care as an option because they simply can’t afford it. They may have been turned down for other pension programs through the VA and aren’t aware of the Aid and Attendance benefit.
The Aid and Attendance pension program was developed by the VA after World War I with the intention of providing veterans with the proper assistance at home. It is available to veterans who served at least 90 days of active duty service with one of those days during a time of official combat. Times of official combat include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam conflict, and the Gulf War.
Additional conditions needed to qualify for the Aid and Attendance pension program include:
- Must be at least 60% housebound with a non service-related medical condition.
- Must have limited financial resources in relation to medical expenses.
Having proper home care is essential to increasing the quality of life as well as the ability to do various things. Regardless of whether the veteran suffers from post–traumatic stress disorder or is simply struggling with his or her own basic care at home, a caregiver can be a great support. The same is true for the caregiver who may be dealing with a lot of pressure and stress as a result of their job.
For more information and to learn about the VA Home Care Program, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.