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5 Questions Veterans May Have About Home Care Support

Care for Aging Veterans in Blue Bell PA

Not many people really understand what home care support can offer until they need it. It is usually a situation where a family member might be having difficulty with their own basic care. It could be an aging parent, grandparent, or other elderly loved one, or it could be somebody who is injured or disabled in an accident, after a health emergency, or following major surgery.

Care for Aging Veterans in Blue Bell PAThe need for home care support may be temporary or long-term. When a veteran might require extra care at home, they may have some questions that come up. It’s important to have these questions answered as accurately as possible as quickly as possible.

Here are a few questions some veterans may have about home care support.

Potential Question #1: How can I pay for it?

If a veteran is barely able to make ends meet, how could they possibly think about paying for a home care aide? In these situations, their family or friends might rally around to help them, but if they require long-term care, that’s going to place an incredible burden on everyone in the family.

They should look into the Aid and Attendance Benefit. For qualifying veterans, it can provide more than $2,000 per month to be used for home care services.

Potential Question #2: Should I hire through an agency?

When hiring a home care aide, it’s always best to rely on the services of an agency. If a veteran hires independently, he or she will be responsible for interviewing the caregiver, checking their references, verifying their employment and experience, and possibly even checking their background to make sure they are honest and reliable.

Potential Question #3: Can’t family help?

Yes, family and friends can certainly be a great resource and support system, but what if the need for home care support goes on for more than a few weeks or months? That’s going to place an incredible burden on everyone else.

Also, family members may not have the experience necessary to provide adequate assistance and safety.

Potential Question #4: Do I really need it?

If the veteran is having difficulty taking care of themselves and their safety is compromised, home care should be seriously considered.

Potential Question #5: Would I qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit?

They need to be able to prove home care is necessary. They need to have served at least 90 days active duty. At least one day of service needs to overlap a time of official combat. That would include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If the veteran served during the Gulf War, their minimum time of service needs to be two years.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services for an aging veteran in Blue Bell, PA, contact the caring professionals at Reliant At Home Care today 610-200-6075.

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Cerie Goldenberg, MSW,LSW

Cerie Goldenberg- My name is Cerie Fish Goldenberg. I have dedicated all 40 years of my professional life practicing Social Work in Montgomery County, PA.I earned aMasters Degree of Social Work from the University of Toronto and I am a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania.I was an active participant in the growth of Montgomery County Office on Aging and Adult Service developing needed services and resources for both younger and older adults.

After40 years of being a problem solver and advocate for those in need including my parents who lived into their 90’s and chose to remain in their home, I remain passionate about providing the highest level of service possible to those individuals for whom we are providing care.It is my vision that those of us who choose to remain in their home to be given the opportunity to do so in a safe and dignified manner. Hence the birth or Reliant at Home Care.

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