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Some Important Questions Families Should Ask about Veterans Care

Veteran’s Home Care Thomasville GA: Your Aging Loved Will Benefit From The Answers You Receive!

Veteran's Home CareHaving an elderly family member who requires some type of home care can pose a number of challenges. In most cases, family members will have more questions than answers in the beginning. When it comes to veterans who require some type of home care, these questions are essentially the same, but there are also a few extra that should be considered.

What level of care does the veteran require at this time?

Understanding the elderly veteran’s ability to take care of himself or herself is important in determining the type of home care they should consider. They may only require some assistance once or twice a week, while others may require around-the-clock care.

What level of care will the veteran require in the future?

While no one can accurately predict the future, understanding various health issues can provide invaluable information to the family regarding what to expect in the future. While a veteran may be able to take care of himself well enough right now to only warrant minimal home care, that may change within a year. They may require more intense care within a few months, so the family and the elderly individual himself or herself should be discussing these as soon as possible.

Would home care be a medical necessity?

If a doctor recommends the veteran have some type of home care, this could be important, especially for the individual who is on a limited income. The Veterans Administration provides numerous pension programs that help veterans get the care they need at home.

One of these pension programs is referred to as the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit. In order to qualify for this pension program, the veteran would need a doctor’s recommendation for home care.

What level of assistance can we provide at this point in time?

Often, family members take on the role of caregivers for their loved ones, especially when it is first recognized as a necessity. It’s important to be honest and evaluate the situation clearly.

While the family members may be able to support their loved one for some amount of time, the more care the veteran requires, and the longer they require that care, the more important it becomes to consider professional home care.

These are a few important questions that families should start asking when they have an elderly veteran whom they notice is struggling with their own basic care at home.

Hopewell In-Home Senior Care of Tallahassee, FL is dedicated to helping seniors maintain full, independent lives where they most desire to live: in the comfort of their own homes. Call us at (229) 386-5552.

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Brian Moran

Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.