Care for Aging Veterans in Keyport NJ
It’s a lonely feeling. You wake up in the middle of the night having to go to the bathroom. You press the covers down and inch your way to the edge of the bed. It’s dark. Before you even attempt to slide out of bed, you reach over and fumble with the light switch on the lamp that’s on the nightstand next to you.
Maybe this time you’re lucky and are able to find the switch. Perhaps you knock the lamp over and there’s no way you can reach it until you get out of bed. In either case, you still have a challenge confronting you: getting out of bed safely and somehow making your way to the bathroom to relieve yourself.
For elderly veterans and others who may be dealing with some type of disability, this can be reality every single night. The struggle and challenge doesn’t end there. They might hold their breath in anticipation as they swing their legs over, turning on their stomach, allowing their feet to dangle just inches over the floor, not feeling certain that they will actually find purchase before they lose their balance and tumble, possibly getting injured.
The older a person is, the more significant the risk of getting injured due to a slip and fall, including just getting out of bed.
On top of that, they still need to worry about making it to the bathroom, hoping there’s not water on the floor or that the tile isn’t too cold because they don’t have enough money to keep the house as warm as they’d like. Even in their socks or slippers, the cold ceramic tile floor could be slick.
When veterans need any type of support and care at home, they may rely on family members, including a spouse, adult child, or even friends.
It’s best to rely on experienced care.
It’s always better to have an experienced and reliable caregiver to provide this kind of support when needed. For those who may assume they can’t possibly afford it, there’s a pension program they might be eligible for.
It’s called the Aid and Attendance Benefit. Veterans need to have served at least 90 days active duty with at least one day overlapping a time of official combat, which would include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. If the veteran served any time during the Gulf War, they need to have served at least two years active duty.
If a veteran qualifies with that stipulation, they also need to be able to prove home care support is absolutely necessary right now in their life. They can do this by getting a recommendation letter from their doctor.
Any veteran who is in need of care and support at home should be encouraged to consult his or her doctor and begin the application for Aid and Attendance.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Keyport, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Lares Home Care 888-492-3538 or 732-566-1112.
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