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Things to Do While Waiting for Approval for Aid and Attendance

It can take a long time for a loved one, who happens to be a veteran, to get approval for the Aid and Attendance Benefit. This particular pension was first developed following World War I as way to help soldiers returning from battle get the care they needed at home.

Care for Aging Veterans in Lakewood NJ: Aid and Attendance Benefit

Care for Aging Veterans in Lakewood NJ: Aid and Attendance Benefit

Some of these soldiers may have been physically injured during active combat or they may have been dealing with what was then referred to as shell shock, and later renamed post-traumatic stress disorder.

It expanded through the years to provide support to veterans of all ages, whether they were injured or disabled during active duty or not. One of the major requirements to be approved for the Aid and Attendance Benefit is a specific need for home care support. When a person requires home care of any form, it can be difficult to wait an estimated nine months or longer for the application to be approved.

When that approval comes through, it can be like a moment to celebrate, not just for the veteran, but for his or her family as well.

Focus on proper care.

While the Aid and Attendance Benefit may provide reimbursement, and while the veteran may be able to receive home care support while the application is pending, that’s not always the case. While waiting for approval, the veteran should look into various home care options. They may be tempted to rely on a family member, friend, or independent caregiver, but nothing is going to be better than an experienced home care aide who works for an agency.

More agencies today carefully interview, run background checks, and provide training to all of their aides. That’s one of the reasons why it’s better to rely on an agency caregiver than anyone else.

Encourage activity.

When a veteran has difficulty with her own basic care or mobility, they may withdraw from certain activities. Family members may also discourage activity because they worry about injuries or other accidents occurring.

When home care will be relied upon, it’s a good idea to encourage activity and get the veteran thinking about things he or she would like to do once again, when they have professional and experienced support.

Find the right aide.

Hiring a home care aide may take time. The veteran should have input and be able to interview some of these caregivers to find the right one for him or her. When that application is finally approved, it’s worth celebrating, and these are just some ways to get ready for that celebration.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Lakewood, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.

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Judah Schuster LNHA, CDI

Dynamic Administrator at Care Street Home Care
Judah is the administrator of Care Street Home Care Agency servicing central and northern NJ. Care Street provides unique staffing options to allow seniors to age in place- in the comfort of their own home. Judah, who is a certified Dementia instructor, has provided Dementia training to hundreds of families, facilities and clinical staff over the last 3 years. He personally ensures that every employee of Care Street is proficient in Dementia care prior to being hired. This provides piece of mind for families who want to ensure that their loved one with Dementia is being cared for by the most experienced staff.

Prior to assuming his current position, Judah served as assistant administrator at Atlantic Coast Rehab (Lakewood, NJ) as well as Hunterdon Care Center (Flemington, NJ)

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