Evening slips in while watching the TV. The house is quiet, so you keep the TV on as often as possible. This has lulled you into a pattern of leaning back in the recliner, remote in hand, and letting the hours wash over you. You feel the impact of loneliness in every aspect of your life, but you feel helpless to do anything about it.
When you have to get up and use the bathroom, it’s a bit of a struggle. Fortunately for you your children purchased a motorized recliner that basically gets you into an almost completely upright position so you don’t have to put strain on your legs.
As a veteran of the United States military, you were once fiercely independent, strong, and able-bodied. Just as is the case for almost all seniors, the years have not been kind to you, physically speaking. You struggle getting up from a chair or out of bed.
You have concerns about your safety taking a shower so you’ve resorted to birdbaths and other methods to just try and stay as clean as possible. Yet, your personal hygiene has suffered.
You know help would be beneficial.
It’s just that your income is minimal. Basically everything you receive from Social Security and your pension covers your basic living expenses, leaving you very little at the end of the month. You can’t possibly imagine paying a home care aide for even a couple of hours once or twice a week, let alone for full-time care.
As a veteran, you may have some options to get home care support services. The VA has a pension called the Aid and Attendance benefit.
This pension was started following World War I and has expanded through the years. It provides financial assistance to qualifying wartime veterans who require home care support services. You don’t need to have served in a forward combat situation, but a minimum of one day of your active duty service must have overlapped a time in which United States was officially engaged in combat.
That means you will have to have served at least one day during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the Gulf War. Since your income and assets are minimal (you don’t have any real assets that can quickly be converted into cash and the VA does not count your primary residence against you), you might very well qualify for this.
Also keep in mind that a doctor’s recommendation is almost always necessary to be approved for Aid and Attendance benefits.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care for aging veterans in Lilburn, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.
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