Veterans May Require Home Care, Too

Veterans In Home Care

There is a lot of attention placed on home care for aging individuals, and even though many Americans may see veterans as being strong, independent, and mentally firm, as they get older they will face similar challenges to other seniors. That’s why many aging veterans may, at some point, require home care.

It’s important not to make assumptions about a person’s physical abilities to take care of themselves and remain safe based on any type of service they provided to the United States military. Yes, during their time of service they were likely in the best shape of their life, gained a lot of strength, and learned to be incredibly disciplined, but time can steal away much of their strength.

The senior may no longer be able to walk up and down the stairs in a comfortable and safe way. He may be unsteady on his feet, holding onto the handrail, and taking far longer to navigate each step. The aging veteran may also have difficulty keeping track of various things throughout his house. His memory may not be as strong as it used to and he can’t track what type of medications he was supposed to take and at what time.

Some of the things an elderly individual may be struggling with might not seem to be all that important to him at that time. After all, being able to work outside in the garden may not be something he misses all that much. Yet, at the same time, there may certainly be things he wishes he could do but doesn’t feel comfortable trying them on his own. That’s where the assistance of an experienced caregiver could come in handy.

The affordability of home care for veterans.

Not all veterans are eligible to receive financial assistance through the Aid and Attendance Benefit made available through the VA. However, for those who served during a time of active combat (this doesn’t mean they had to have served in a combat zone, but during a time of official combat, as defined by Congress), and who were honorably discharged and served at least 90 days of active duty service may be eligible for the Aid and Attendance pension program.

This can be used to pay for home care, whether it is provided by professional caregiver or family member. So while the aging veteran in your life may seem to be strong and diligent in his affairs, that doesn’t mean he won’t benefit from some type of home care.

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