Care for Aging Veterans in Huntington NY
When people think about the Aid and Attendance Benefit, it’s immediately easy to assume this is only beneficial for veterans. However, it can actually help others, even though the financial resources made available through this particular pension is only meant for veterans who qualify and possibly their spouse or widow.
So what can it offer others?
The most significant thing to consider is the role that a family caregiver plays in the veteran’s life. It might be a parent of a disabled adult veteran, the adult child of an aging veteran, or even the spouse of a veteran who may be facing extreme challenges and needs help throughout the day.
The impact providing support has on family caregivers.
A lot of people underestimate the impact that becoming a full-time family caregiver can have on their life. Some people give up their jobs, sacrifice time with friends, stop pursuing a career, and even neglect various relationships, including a marriage.
These men and women (the vast majority of family caregivers are women) also undergo a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety as a result of their effort to help provide care and support to their family member.
Sometimes, veterans and their families may feel they have no other options. They might tepidly look into home care support services but find that it is just too much money for them at this point in their life. Because the financial pressure and strain, they don’t know what else to do.
These family caregivers certainly don’t want their loved one to be put in a risky situation or go without proper support and care.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit may help many of these veterans.
There are an estimated 21.8 million veterans living in the United States right now (US News). Fewer than 950,000 rely on any type of financial support to pay for home care services, mostly in the form of the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
However, there are still millions of veterans who may very well be going without proper care and support and, ultimately, being less safe within the comfort of their own home. Many of these veterans are relying on family members and friends for assistance and support, including getting out of bed, going to a doctor’s appointment, and even with bathing.
These family members and friends who help can often find themselves overwhelmed by stress and anxiety. The Aid and Attendance Benefit can provide financial support to qualifying veterans to pay for professional and experienced home care services.
If you or an aging loved one are considering care for aging veterans in Huntington, NY, please contact the caring staff at Family First Home Companions. Serving all of Long Island. Call today: (631) 319-3961
Jennifer has specialized training in Alzheimer's disease through the Long Island Alzheimer's Association and the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation. She also volunteered her time with the Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center of Long Island for 3 years by providing congnitive stimulations to an Alzheimer's patient group.
Jennifer educates the community about elder care and speaks to caregiver support groups, senior centers, and at professional organizations. Topics include home safety, effective strategies for family caregiving, elder care planning, and awareness about elder abuse.
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