Veterans have sacrificed much for the cause of freedom. However, upon returning home years after deployment, many elderly veterans are not aware of what is available to them to help them readjust to life after the military.
Senior veterans who complete their service often return home with injuries that prevent them from being gainfully employed or from living independently. It is not unusual for some veterans to be bedridden or have limited mobility. They may suffer from visual impairments or disabilities that contribute to this.
Veterans who have disabilities that prevent them from working and getting around on their own can benefit greatly from home care. Home care for senior veterans is covered under the Aid and Attendance or A&A benefit. This program provides assistance for veterans or surviving spouses and pays for home care such as monitoring the individual’s medication and assisting with bathing, dressing and feeding.
The eligibility requirements for this program include serving at least ninety days of active duty; however, the active duty does not need to be combat-related. If the active duty was served during an eligible wartime period, then only one day of service is required. Additionally, the veteran cannot have been discharged from service dishonorably.
If the surviving spouse was married to the veteran at the time of his or her death and remains unmarried, he or she may be eligible for benefits. The Veterans Administration takes into account monthly income and assets in determining eligibility.
In addition to helping seniors live life independently, non-medical home care can reduce stress that family members may experience when trying to work and care for a senior loved one at the same time. As a result, the veteran receives high-quality care that allows a spouse or other family member to continue working outside the home if needed. This reduces stress and makes it possible for the veteran and his or her family to spend more quality time together.
In summary, home care for veterans may be more readily available than most seniors think. Contact local home care agencies to find out what kind of assistance they offer, so that you can continue living a healthy life in a place where you feel most comfortable.