Sometimes it can be difficult figuring out whether a family member, like an aging parent, who happens to be a veteran, is safe and taking care of himself or herself well enough at the moment. When veterans begin having too much difficulty tending to their own basic care or completing activities of daily living without assistance, family and friends can certainly step up and help, but a home care aide can be a valuable asset.
For some veterans, though, the idea of hiring a home care provider is not realistic. They might not be able to afford it. Some veterans may not readily admit they need help.
Below are three potential signs that a veteran, regardless of age, is having a bit too much trouble on their own at home and may benefit from a home care provider…
Sign #1: They keep falling.
As people get older, they will face new challenges. Some of those challenges are going to be physical. It will become more difficult for them to crawl out of bed, climb up and down the stairs, or even get up from a recliner or other deep-seated chair. These physical changes will also mean an increased risk of falling down.
If a person in their 70s or 80s falls and avoids injury, that’s something to be grateful about. It’s also a sign that they will probably fall again before too long. This is a clear indication they need help around the house and the best kind is provided by home care aides.
Sign #2: They keep calling for help.
If an aging veteran continues to call friends, adult children, or other family members for assistance around the house, running errands, going to the store, cleaning out the gutters in the spring, clearing the sidewalk in the fall, or just about anything else, it means he or she can no longer do these things on their own.
If that’s the case, family and friends will likely want to help, but whether or not they can is a different story. More experienced home care providers are usually a far better asset for people as they get older, but combining the help of an experienced caregiver with family can be the best of everything.
Sign #3: They avoid keeping up with cleaning or general maintenance at home.
If this elderly veteran is letting the house fall apart around them, if he doesn’t clean, if he’s not taking care of his own personal hygiene, this could be a clear indicator he needs help. This is where a home care aide can be an invaluable asset. For those that may be limited in their income, the Aid and Attendance Benefit might be something to seriously consider.
If you or a loved one are considering home care for Veterans, 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.