Your father is a veteran. He served a long time ago, possibly during the tail end of the Korean War or part of the Vietnam War. You’re concerned about him now, though. He is exhibiting some signs of dementia. You know he is at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s because there is some family history of this form of dementia. You’re not quite sure what to do.
He should consult his doctor.
Only a trained medical professional can diagnose Alzheimer’s. Even though your father may be exhibiting signs of memory loss, confusion, frustration, and anxiety, it’s important not to be tempted to diagnose this type of dementia yourself.
If it turns out that he has Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, he can benefit from an experienced home care aide. Yes, you and other family members, possibly including your mother, are more than willing to help, but unless you have prior experience supporting somebody directly who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you may not know the best strategies to employ and it can also cause a tremendous amount of stress and pressure on your lives and relationships.
A home care aide and series of caregivers would be a better asset.
Unfortunately, your veteran father doesn’t have significant income. He and your mother may own their house, but his pension is just enough to cover their basic living expenses, which includes medications, food, utilities, and more.
Neither one of you could even think about hiring a home care aide, even for part-time support. That’s where the Aid and Attendance Benefit could be an invaluable asset. If your father served at least one day of active duty service during a time of official combat, like World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War (and including the Gulf War), and if he served at least 90 days active duty (two years minimum during the Gulf War), it should be relatively easy to prove home care would be necessary, especially if he has been diagnosed with any form of dementia.
Combined income and assets must not exceed $119,000, either. However, this does not usually include a primary residence.
If you believe he would qualify for this pension, and if you feel he is developing some of the earliest signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, get him to his doctor for formal diagnosis and sit down and begin filling out the application. If it turns out he does have Alzheimer’s, have him submit the application as soon as possible for the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Manalapan, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
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