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Are there any benefits available to provide veterans with home care assistance?

By Peter DiMaria

Home Helpers Home Care article published in the Enfield Press this week

One of the things that make me happier in being a home care provider is when we get to help veterans. In fact, many of our current and past clients are veterans or their spouses. It is a great honor to be able to help these elderly veterans every day. While serving in the military, they took care of us—and now it’s our turn to take care of them.

According to the 2012 U.S. Census brief, Veterans age 65 or older were more than 12.4 million in that year. These Veterans served in conflicts around the world including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and even in the Persian Gulf War. Many served in more than one of these. Per the US Census Bureau, in 2015 there were around 900 thousand veterans who served during World War II, 1.8 million who served in the Korean War and 6.8 million Vietnam veterans.

Now, veterans in Enfield, Suffield and all North Central CT and Western MA face the challenges related to aging, while they try to continue to live independently, at home

The Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) report “Caring for America’s Seniors: The Value of Home Care” brings data, information and statistics about our aging society. It shows how home care provides tools for families to help them keep their loved ones safe and at home. Some key findings include:

  • 40% of adults who are 65 years old or more need daily assistance and 70% will need it at some point

  • 25% fewer doctor visits occur when home care is in place

  • $25 billion a year in hospital spending is saved nationwide with home care

  • $13.4 billion a year is the amount in annual employer health care costs saved by the use of home care services

In most situations, in-home care is the best option to help elderly veterans to continue to enjoy the freedom they have served to protect for all of us

Having sacrificed for others, many older veterans want to avoid feeling like a burden on their loved ones. But when an elderly veteran gets sick or starts to need help with activities of daily living, the care duties often fall to the closest family member. This is where in-home care comes in. The helping hand we provide frees family members to be family members again, rather than family caregivers. With a trusted professional caregiver in place, the family can rest assured that their older veteran is in good hands—and they can enjoy the fact that they aren’t overburdening the family anymore.

Finally, the Aid and Attendance Benefit helps veterans and their spouses who are in need to receive the in-home care they need. According to the Veterans Administration, it is an increased monthly pension amount paid to a qualifying person or his/her spouse who meets one of these conditions:

  • Require help performing daily functions, which may include bathing, eating or dressing.
  • He/She is bedridden.
  • He/She is a patient in a nursing home.
  • He/She eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes, or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.

It is estimated that 2 million veterans and their families are eligible for this little-known funding assistance from the federal government, depending on financial need and the period of service. Many of our nation’s heroes need help with activities of daily living because of injuries, aging, dementia and more.

This benefit can reach as much as US$ 25,020 yearly, to pay for home care, depending on some conditions. The process of obtaining this benefit through the VA can seem daunting, but Home Helpers partners with organizations that can help you go through the paperwork and even start paying it before the approval by the VA.

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Or call us now to talk about it:

Senior Care in Enfield (North Central CT): (860) 698-2244

Elderly Care in East Longmeadow (Western Mass): (413) 224-1045

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