Even though we are moving into the second month of autumn, and we still have two more months of fall, winter across much of the country is already starting to rear its cold, frustrating head, so to speak. For veterans, especially elderly veterans who require assistance or who are dealing with limited mobility, winter could feel as though it is imposing itself on them more quickly than they want to.
Much of the country went from summer-like temperatures to a winter chill within a week. It was a stark reminder that for those getting older, who are struggling with their health and mobility, help is needed constantly. Some veterans, though, may not feel they have that luxury.
These veterans might not have family or friends to help.
Their family or friends might have moved away, live across the country, or not have the physical ability to make a difference. Some of these veterans might understand that home care is the best option, but couldn’t possibly think about paying for it.
Their income is limited.
They might have a pension. They might be reliant on Social Security that they put into all of their working life. They might have a paltry savings account and no other viable assets, aside from their primary residence. Some of these veterans may be renting a home with no financial recourse to pay for support.
If they are considered a wartime veteran, they may qualify for a pension that can help them pay for home care support. This pension is called the Aid and Attendance Benefit. It can provide $1,500 or more to qualifying veterans, their dependents, and even their widows. Yes, widows of qualifying veterans could receive some level of financial support to pay for home care for themselves, but it won’t likely be as much as a veteran would receive directly for himself or herself.
When a veteran receives home care support, they can stay safe throughout winter.
Winter can pose a number of challenges for safety for people of all ages, especially when mobility and strength are limited. A home care aide can help this person get out to a store, to go to a doctor’s appointment, or simply take a quick walk around the block to get some exercise and fresh air.
Staying warm is difficult enough, but staying safe for somebody with limited strength and balance can be even more challenging. For veterans who understand the value of home care support but can’t pay for it, if they served any time during a time of official combat, this could be a pension that helps them.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for aging veterans in Faith, NC, contact the caring professionals at TenderHearted Home Care today. Call us at 704-612-4132
I have enjoyed volunteering my time as the President of the Rowan County Home School Association, assisting with the Parkinson’s Support Group, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Pregnancy Support Center, MOPS International, Capstone Recovery Center, Kairos Outside, Celebrate Recovery, various church committees and going on a mission trip to Moldova. I am a member of the Rowan County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels board member, REACH of Rowan County, HIPSS of Davidson County, Second Tuesday Business Group and several Christian Business Life Groups.
I am passionate about serving others and providing the most compassionate care possible, as I would want for my own family. I love relaxing with my husband, Peter, and my two dogs, Yoyo and Terra Cotta.
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