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Tips for Applying for Home Care for Aging Veterans Assistance with Confidence 

Veterans Home Care in Tallahassee FL

Many elderly veterans live with physical, mobility, and other challenges that make it difficult for them to fulfill their activities of daily living, or ADLs, and other needs. Because they worry that they cannot fit the cost of care into their Veterans Home Care in Tallahassee FLlimited budget, however, they cope with these problems on their own rather than seeking out assistance that could dramatically improve their quality of life.

VA Aid and Attendance is a program designed to offer financial support to make home care for aging veterans more affordable. These benefits are available to veterans over the age of 64 who meet specific service and income qualifications, as well as their surviving spouses. The application process for these benefits, however, can be extremely time-consuming and confusing. Being prepared for this process allows you to help your aging veteran get through the application and receive benefits as soon as possible.

Use these tips to get you and your elderly veteran through the application for the best chances of getting them financial help to get home care so they can enjoy a healthier, more active quality of life:

• Ask for help. You do not have to go through this challenging application process on your own. There are organizations who are willing to help veterans as their family caregivers apply for these benefits. Get in touch with the elder care agency in your area to discuss your needs and get referrals to local organizations who can help you understand and complete the application and all of its requirements.

• Be honest. Veterans, particularly aging veterans, are often reluctant to discuss their injuries or admit they need help. They often feel that they were just doing their job and giving the service they wanted to give so they do not want to “bother” others with their problems. Explain to your elderly parents that these programs were specifically designed for veterans who need the financial assistance and that they deserve the help for everything they did for the country. Guide them through being open and honest about their injuries or other needs so they can fill in the application thoroughly.

• Read the instructions thoroughly. It is surprising just how often people jump into filling out an application for benefits without completely reading the instructions. This can cause serious delays in the processing time for the application and even cause denial of benefits. Take the time to read all of the instructions thoroughly and completely before answering any questions.

• Answer all questions. Even if you do not have an answer for a question or it does not apply to your veteran’s specific needs, be sure to write down something. Even just writing “Not Applicable” or “Do Not Know” is better than leaving the space blank and risking having the form returned for insufficient information.

• Provide complete, but relevant, information. The goal of the application is to show the VA that your veteran has the need for assistance with activities of daily living or is disabled and requires home care for aging veterans. Be sure all questions are answered fully, but provide only information relevant to the claims on the application. Do not elaborate or provide background that does not directly apply to your parents’ needs.

If you or an aging loved on are considering home care in Tallahassee Florida, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552 , (GA) 229-236-5552 . Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia

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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.