When you’re looking into home care options for a veteran, whether it’s an elderly family member like a grandfather or father, you might not know what to look for or expect. There are many different options when it comes to home care for seniors, whether they are veterans of the United States military or not.
When it comes to veterans, though, there’s a strong desire among family members and others to do whatever they can to help them in their time and need, especially if they were enlisted during a time of war.
Here are four things you would do well to learn about various home care options for veterans, whether they are elderly or much younger.
1. There are pensions that may help.
The two most significant pensions that are designed to help veterans get proper home care support are the Aid and Attendance Benefit and the Homebound pension. There is a significant difference between the two as the Aid and Attendance Benefit is designed more for those who have some ability to get around, but need basic support and care at home. The Homebound pension is for those who are, for the most part, unable to leave their home for one reason or another.
2. Time of service it is important, too.
When it comes to the Aid and Attendance Benefit, the length of service is important. The veteran needs to have served a minimum of 90 days active duty in one of the major branches of the United States military.
On top of that, at least one of their days of service needs to have fallen during an active time of combat, as defined by Congress. This can include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the Gulf War.
3. Home care is essential to good, positive health.
When a veteran is having difficulty staying safe and tending to their own basic care at home, a home care aide can be an invaluable resource. If their doctor has recommended home care support, that goes a long way toward showing the VA that this is an absolute necessity at this point in their life, which is one of the requirements for the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
4. Agencies provide the best support.
When finally looking for actual support in the form of a home care aide, avoid trying to hire an independent caregiver. A lot of people turn to this option in the hopes of saving some money, but agencies provide the best support.
Increasing numbers of agencies are more carefully interviewing potential employees, running background screenings on them, and providing the proper training they need to help seniors and other disabled adults in the best way possible.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring veterans care, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination. Call today: 1-855-777-4693
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.
Latest posts by Kyle Laramie, President (see all)
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