John was an aging veteran. In his 80s, he was widowed, living alone, and most of his friends had long since passed away or moved out of the area. When he was 84 he started developing macular degeneration. He had already dealt with cataracts and enjoyed the benefits of modern technology and surgery techniques to have his vision restored. This time, though, his eye care professional warned that this would likely lead to extremely limited visual capability.
It was recommended that he consider home care services.
Because John didn’t have family in the area, he had no one to whom he could turn for help. As his vision loss mounted, he started realizing just how compromised his ability to take care of himself had become. He knew a home care aide would be a benefit, but he didn’t think it was affordable.
He heard about the Aid and Attendance Benefit and when he looked into it (finally) he believed he might actually qualify. He had limited income, few assets, could prove home care was necessary, and was considered a wartime veteran. He served some time during the beginning of the Vietnam War, but he was never stationed anywhere close to it. Just because he never got close to combat didn’t mean he couldn’t qualify for this pension that offers financial assistance for home care support services.
He applied and began looking around for agencies.
He knew a home care agency would offer better flexibility and most likely more experienced caregivers. That was important to him. When he was approved for the Aid and Attendance Benefit, it was a relief. He started relying on a home care aide several days during the week.
As his vision worsened, he discovered that this caregiver was able to help him with many activities he still enjoyed, but which he could no longer do by himself.
This caregiver helped him read.
Audiobooks are one thing, but having somebody there reading to him gave him the opportunity to ask questions and even get other insights he missed with audiobooks. Reading was a great activity he enjoyed and it was wonderful to be able to do this, even if it was just in a virtual situation.
The caregiver made it possible for him to watch television.
He could listen to the programs and occasionally see some things on the screen, but the caregiver was able to relay some scenes, explaining what was happening with the characters in front of him.
Even going for a walk was once again possible.
It felt great to get out and go for a walk. Because he had somebody on his arm, guiding him, and directing him, even though he felt blind at times, these activities still meant the world to him.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Upper Darby, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-3119.
Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day as while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise. "Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.