Veterans are really no different than anyone else. Just because they haven’t served in a few years or even decades doesn’t mean they have completely left behind their training, camaraderie, or personality they developed while in service, but that also doesn’t mean they will act completely different from most other men and women. Sometimes, veterans will refuse in-home care support for the very same reasons other seniors and disabled adults do: it could be a matter of pride, naivety, or they assume they can’t afford it.
What if they can’t afford home care aides?
If a veteran cannot pay for a home care aide because he or she only has a limited pension or Social Security disability payment coming in, they will likely struggle with their own basic care. They might lean on family and friends, but they will often have a lower quality of life because there are so many things they are missing out on.
For those veterans who are limited in their income and assets and are considered ‘wartime veterans,’ they just might qualify for what is known as the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
This pension provides financial assistance to pay for home care support.
In order to qualify, a veteran needs to have served a minimum of 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military. At least one day of active duty service needs to have overlapped a time of official combat. This would include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If they served any time during the Gulf War, their minimum time of service needs to be two years.
They also must be able to show on their application that home care support is necessary for safety, quality of life, or getting through each day, such as performing Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
If the veteran is adamant about refusing in-home care support for other reasons, it may require some carefully planned conversations, discussions about the future, talking about things they can no longer do (but might be able to with the right support) and to get them realizing that this has no bearing on their life, independence, or autonomy in any other way besides having an experienced home care aide supporting them with the things they need help most.
Not everyone is going to accept home care support when they need it, but when they have family and friends encouraging them, giving them truthfully, honest answers about what this level of support is, more people begin to open up to the idea and that could very well be the first step in the right direction.
If you or a loved one are needing assistance with Veterans Care, please contact the 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.