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Veterans Home Care in Allentown PA

People of any age may need to rely on the assistance of a home care aide.  However, as people age, they will likely experience a number of new challenges that they have to overcome.Veterans Home Care in Allentown PA

At first, people have a tendency to overestimate their abilities to do certain things. This is especially true of aging veterans who may have served during World War II, the Korean War, or even the Vietnam Conflict. They likely have a lot of pride in themselves and their ability to take care of themselves and others, yet they struggle to get up and down stairs, to safely bathe, and take care of other things for their daily life.

Beginning to contemplate relying on an experienced home care aide is a great step in the right direction. Yet, that can open up an entirely new set of problems for some aging veterans. One of the most significant is trying to figure out how to pay for that level of care.

The Veterans Administration has provided numerous pension programs for active and retired veterans, including healthcare, housing assistance, and more. They also offer a particular pension program that is available to certain veterans who may qualify known as the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

In order to qualify for this program, veterans under 65 need to have been injured or disabled during their time of active duty service. For veterans 65 and over, they need only show a specific need for home care. They can usually do this with a doctor’s recommendation.

For all veterans, they need to have served at least one day of their active duty service during a time of official combat, which would include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Gulf War. They also need to have served at least 90 days and have been honorably discharged.

The application and approval process for this pension program currently can take upwards of nine months or even longer, which means the aging veteran may need to pay for home care out of his own pocket at the moment or rely on family and friends in the meantime.

Beginning the application process as soon as the aging veteran realizes home care is a viable option is the best approach.

If you are considering hiring home care services in Allentown, PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610)200-6097.

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Carole Chiego

Carole Chiego became a member of the Extended Family Care team in January, 2008. Prior to her role as the Administrator of the Allentown office, she was the Area Director of Operations for a home care company in East Orange, New Jersey. Carole’s extensive experience in home care spans over 17 years. Her work ethic and desire to succeed in the industry are evident in her advancement within the field ranging from Scheduling Coordinator to Medical Records Coordinator to Branch Manager and finally to Administrator and Area Director. She believes assuming these roles has made her a more effective manager.

Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.

Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author