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For the Aging Veteran, Home Care and Life Can Balance Out

By Vicki and Brian Day

Balance is not always easy to obtain in life. For some individuals a balanced life involves family, raising children, building a career, starting a business, spending time with friends, getting exercise, staying active, and much more. For some veterans, especially those who may begin to lose physical capacities, home care may be great option to consider.

It can offer more support than other options.

Relying on an experienced home care aide can be incredibly beneficial for veterans and others who need assistance. The default is often to rely on family members. It might be a spouse, adult child who lives in the area, or some other individual in their family.

That is certainly the easier solution and can feel like it’s more comfortable. After all, when somebody begins to hire a home care aide or other support services, they will essentially be inviting a stranger into their house. However, in most situations that stranger quickly becomes somebody they get to know.

That stranger, who becomes a friend and support system, will probably have more experience and, when hired through an agency, a lot more support resources behind them, than any family member the veteran may rely upon. That experience can be instrumental at helping veterans stay focused on the future, realize they may still be able to partake in certain activities, and feel like they can pursue a higher quality of life.

What about for veterans limited in their income?

Finding balance is a great idea, but what about for veterans who need home care but can’t afford it? How can they possibly find balance through this type of support system?

The Aid and Attendance Benefit may be able to help. For wartime veterans, this pension can provide financial assistance to qualifying veterans, their dependents, and even widows of qualifying veterans to pay for home care services.

The amount of the pension will depend on numerous factors. In order to qualify, if they qualify based on their time in service, the veteran would need to be able to prove home care is necessary at this point in his or her life. If their doctor has advised them to rely on home care support where they simply can’t get around safely on their own, this could be instrumental at helping them maintain a high quality of life while finding balance for safety, enjoyment, activity, and comfort.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE IN NORTHAMPTON, PA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS. CALL TODAY! (610) 365-4266.