There may come a time when an older veteran will need assistance with basic personal care, regardless if he or she suffered and combat injury. For example, somebody in their 80s might need help with getting up and down stairs, meal preparation, or getting to and from appointments.
For some veterans, there are probably numerous misconceptions they have about home care support services. Some of those misconceptions can cause these veterans to discount the benefits they may be able to use.
Here are a few things that seniors, veterans and otherwise, should understand about home care and the support it can offer.
This is an affordable senior care option.
There’s nothing more affordable than hiring a home care aide. In fact, when a senior or veteran hires a home care aide for just two hours once or twice a week, that’s extremely affordable, especially if it is fully covered by a VA benefit.
For veterans who qualify, there’s a pension to help pay for it.
Qualifying veterans may be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Aid and Attendance Benefit. In order to qualify for this pension, the veteran needs to be considered a wartime veteran. That means he or she would need to have served at least one day of their active duty service during a time of official combat. Generally speaking, that would be World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.
For veterans to qualify for financial aid through one of these pensions to pay for home care, they need to be able to prove home care is needed and meet a specific income and asset requirements.
Needing to rely on home care may be a difficult thing for some people to accept, but it is one of the most important things a senior can do to be safe and maintain a high quality of life.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring 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.