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3 Signs It’s Time for Veterans Home Care

Care for Aging Veterans in New York NY

One of the most difficult things people face is accepting that their mother or father are getting older and may require support and assistance in the future. When that moment comes, they may takeCare-for-Aging-Veterans-in-New-York-NY it upon themselves to stop by and help with any number of tasks, including keeping up with the cleaning of the house, general maintenance, or even preparing meals.

For aging veterans, there is really no difference between what they go through and what other seniors face, especially with regard to health challenges and the changes in physical strength, agility, and balance.

The main difference for these elderly veterans, though, especially as it pertains to home care, is that there are certain financial assistance programs made available just for veterans, including the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

The Aid and Attendance pension program can supplement other pension programs and is specifically designed to pay for home care support when necessary. For a family struggling to determine whether it’s actually time to consider home care options for an elderly loved one who may be a veteran, below are three signs that may very well indicate that time has come.

Sign #1: The elderly veteran continually calls for help.

If the senior is currently calling family members and friends for help, whether it’s to change a lightbulb, get to a store, or making dinner, then it’s time to consider the prospect of a home care aide.

These home care aides can assist with all of that, and more.

Sign #2: The elderly veteran has fallen once already.

When a senior falls, they are at an increased risk of breaking bones and becoming seriously injured. In fact, if a person over 65 years of age breaks their hip, which can occur during an accidental trip and fall, the 1-year mortality rate is between 14-58% (Schnell, Friedman, et al.). Even more striking is this mortality rate increases by 4% each year over 60 years of age.

If the elderly veteran has already fallen once, it’s time to seriously talk about home care as a viable option with regard to safety.

Sign #3: The elderly veteran has expressed concerns for his safety.

If the person is having difficulty moving and if he acknowledges his own physical limitations due to his age, he may express his concerns to a trusted family member. Whether this is an adult child, sibling, or somebody else, it’s important to heed that seriously.

When any of these signs are evident, it’s time to talk about the prospect and benefits of home care services. A home care aide from an agency is a valuable asset to any senior, including elderly veterans.

If you or an aging loved one are considering care for aging veterans in New York, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!

 

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Patricia Coffie, RN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.

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