Having an aging veteran in your family may be challenging as they age and begin struggling with basic care at home. When they have difficulty with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), you might notice that home care would be a better option for them than going it alone or even calling for help every other day. If they are not sure they need additional assistance, it may not be easy for them to understand the benefits of having a professional aide.
Below are three tips that just might help an aging veteran in your family begin to consider about home care, even if he or she isn’t quite yet ready to make that level of commitment.
Tip #1: Talk about the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
This is a pension program made available through the VA that can provide financial assistance to qualifying veterans. If an aging veteran is not going to talk about home care because he or she can’t afford it on their own, that can be a sign that their income and/or assets are extremely limited.
They wouldn’t be able to afford to pay for a home care aide out-of-pocket, even for a couple of hours every day. However, if they are considered a wartime veteran, meaning they served at least one day of their active duty service during a time in which the United States was officially engaged in combat, they may be eligible for the Aid and Attendance pension.
Tip #2: Discuss what they’re missing out on.
An elderly person spending many days alone at home will be missing out on incredible opportunities life has to offer. We are social creatures and were designed to be with other individuals, not alone.
Unfortunately, as people get older they can lose mobility including having challenges getting out and going to the store. They will most likely spend more and more time alone. This could have emotional and physical repercussions ultimately affecting their quality of life.
The support of a home care aide may help them return to many of the activities they can no longer do alone. Help defend their quality of life.
Tip #3: Listen to what they have to say.
One of the most important factors regarding talking to elderly men and women about what they are missing out on is to listen to their answers. Far too often when we don’t hear what we expect or want to hear immediately, we start trying to convince the other individual that our opinion is right.
Seniors, including veterans of all ages, regardless of disability, have every right to decide what happens in their life. There may be specific reasons why they don’t want to talk about home care right now. Listen to what they have to say.
While listening, you may hear and understand how to best connect with them about relying on home care support moving forward. You may also realize they have various misconceptions about what it entails and what it can offer. This can give you a platform to get things right moving forward.
If you or a loved one is needing assistance with the Aid and Attendance Benefit, 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.