Military veterans tend to be a rugged, independent group of men and women. They served their country, whether it was during a time of war or peace, they sacrificed for the love of country and their fellow citizens. While there are a number of benefits for veterans through the government, often veteran’s home care is neglected and tends to fall upon the shoulders of the spouse for a variety of reasons.
For starters, veterans, because they receive medical care and other benefits through the Veterans Administration, may not realize that they may qualify for assistance with in home and other types of care. Veteran care then becomes the default responsibility of their spouse, which means their husband or wife may be taxed with helping them out of bed in the morning, reminding them to take their medication, cooking and cleaning, and performing all sorts of tasks that are important to them.
While this may seem like a common problem, even for people who never served in the military, it tends to be more pronounced among veterans. This may be due to the general veteran care that they currently receive, but it could also be due to limited funding. However, there are assisted living for veterans for individuals who require more concentrated care and attention, or who are unable to remain in their home for one reason or another.
There is also a VA Aid and Attendance benefit. This benefit is available to any former member of the military who served at least 90 days and at least one of those days was during a period of war. This is a pension that can help veterans receive an extra level of care, such as in home care so that their spouse or loved ones wouldn’t be required to carry the extra burden of making sure that they are safe and secure every day.
Veterans of the Armed Forces in the United States spent many years being ostracized by the public and media in the years following the Vietnam War. However, they are hailed as heroes once again thanks to the service they provide to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all Americans. Yet as they age, their fierce independence can sometimes leave them with few options to help with everyday life. Therefore, for those veterans who are married, taking care of them falls upon their spouse.
Veteran’s home care is often an affordable and better option that can help provide the right level of care while allowing the spouse to protect her health and wellbeing as well.
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