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Talking to an Elderly Veteran about Home Care Isn’t as Difficult as it Sounds

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Veterans Home CareAs people get older, they may be dealing with new challenges they never thought they’d have to face. For veterans, especially those who may be considered ‘proud,’ it may seem difficult to even begin talking about the topic of home care, but it shouldn’t be as challenging as it may sound.

Yes, many veterans are proud of their service and their ability to not only take care of themselves but to do many other things to help others. Veterans often look out for one another, long after their service has ended. It may be difficult for some aging veterans to ask for help or even accept that when it is offered, but discussing home care for somebody who is apparently having more difficulty tending to their own basic care can be incredibly important for a number of reasons.

First, anyone who has difficulty walking around, getting up and down stairs, or getting into and out of the shower safely is putting themselves at risk of slipping and falling. Falling is the number one cause of accidental death among seniors within their home. That’s why relying on professional home care providers is so beneficial for people as they get older and begin to face various physical challenges and limitations.

So how can you approach the topic of home care with an aging veteran?

The best way is to discuss the challenges they may be facing, but not directly. Instead, go about talking about things they may not be doing any longer because of their physical limitations. Once you begin to tap into their desire to still do certain activities they used to enjoy, and you begin to highlight how they may very well be able to still do those things with the right level of assistance, it can pique their interest to learn more about it.

If the veteran immediately shoots down the notion of professional home care services because they don’t think they can afford it, it’s time to mention some of the pension programs that are available through the Veterans Administration. One of these is called the Aid and Attendance Benefit. This was developed after World War I to help returning soldiers get the kind of care they needed at home, but has expanded through the years to include assistance for aging veterans as well.

By talking about the notion of some type of home care, it actually shows the veteran how much that person cares about them. That can be more than enough to help them look more seriously at the prospect of relying on home care.

For more information about how Care Resolutions can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, call 508-359-4675

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Erica Tomasello

Erica Tomasello, has a background in Education and Clinical Psychology. She has worked with her mother for years, developing Care Resolutions into a premiere agency. Erica, and in turn, the agency's staff, continue to expand their knowledge with the ever growing development of understanding the aging process and geriatric disease. We are a member with Home Care Association of America and NFIB. We are also affiliated with NASW, National Association of Professional and Executive Women, Alzheimer's Partnership, Alzheimer's Association of Mass, MA Council for Home Care Aides.