What to Do When an Aging Veteran Won’t Move from Home for Proper Care

Veterans Home Care Services

It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks. Your grandfather slipped and fell down at home and was unable to call for help for many hours. It was only by chance that you happened to stop by to check on him and found him in the kitchen struggling to get up still. He was a veteran and you hate to see him struggling as he has since your grandmother passed away, and while you continually talked about having to move in with you or at least get away from this large house, he hasn’t shown any indication that he is ready to move.

You know he needs proper care and you don’t think he can get that at home. Veterans are just like anyone else and as they get older they will deal with increasing physical, health, and even emotional challenges.

So what is the right solution?

There is no single ‘right’ solution to this problem. It’s important to realize that the elderly have every right to determine the course of their care, regardless of our own impressions, beliefs, or interpretations about various situations.

Your aging grandfather may have been injured due to that fall and, as a result, may spend some time in the hospital or nursing home. Eventually, though, he will certainly need to make a choice about returning home. There are some other options, but one of the best for those who wish to remain at home (aging in place) is relying on professional home care services.

Since your grandfather has already indicated he wants to remain at home, he may be open to the idea of relying on an experienced home care aide. While you may be willing and able to stop by and check on him after work every day, he may need more support than that. During the first weeks and maybe even months after he returns home he may need help going to the bathroom, taking a shower, and doing other personal, intimate things.

It may be uncomfortable for him to ask you for that type of support.

Contact Veterans Home Care and find out the benefits of relying on an experienced caregiver, and the more you learn about it, the more prepared you will be to help your elderly grandfather maintain a high quality of life. If your grandfather served during a war, such as World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam Conflict, he may very well qualify for some type of financial support and assistance to pay for home care, including the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

For more information and to learn about veterans home care services, 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.