Aging Veterans Care: Simply asking somebody to start ‘relying on home care’ seems easy enough, right? It doesn’t matter whether this person is a veteran, in their 70s or 80s, disabled, or recovering from injuries or major surgery. Opening the conversation is a great start, but it’s not enough. Often, people react to this type of advice with a wide range of emotions.
Some may not think it’s necessary.
If they have family or friends who are willing to help provide care for an aging veteran, they may not think home care is necessary. If someone believes they will only need help for a few weeks, they wouldn’t need to contact an agency and look into home care options. By the time they get comfortable working with somebody, they’ll no longer need that level of help.
The individuals offering could be their adult daughter, son, friend, neighbor, or even spouse and have said they would help. Since they live in the same town, why wouldn’t they be a benefit?
They can certainly be beneficial but the experience that comes with a home care aide is far more important than convenience. That’s especially true when a person’s safety and well-being is at stake.
Some aging veterans might not be able to afford home care.
They may be on a limited income. Their income might be from their retirement savings, a pension, Social Security, or another source. However, if they don’t have a lot of extra money at the end of the month, the idea of paying for home care services could feel almost impossible for them.
Encourage them to look into the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
This is a pension through the VA that could provide up to $26,036 per year to qualifying veterans for home care services. There are qualifications that must be met, such as a veteran needs to have served at least one day of active duty during a time in which the United States was officially engaged in combat. This refers to World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Era, and the Persian Gulf War.
What if a potentially qualifying veteran still refuses to think about home care?
It is their right to decide whether or not they choose to rely on a home care aide or the services available through an agency. Even if they could receive financial support and assistance through the Aid and Attendance Benefit, they might be against the idea because of several misconceptions they have regarding these services.
Learning about home care is a great start because then veterans or surviving spouses could learn about services available from their military service.
If you or a loved one is needing assistance with Aging Veterans Care, please contact the knowledgeable and friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™.
Call today: 1-855-380-4400
Under Kyle’s leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.
In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the “100 St. Louisans to Know” in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013, Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the “Top 20” small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for the Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.
Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans’ benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, Mo. with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.