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It’s Possible for Elderly Veterans to Stay Positive, even If They Can’t Afford the Home Care They Need

Struggling to take care of yourself can be frustrating, to say the least. For an elderly veteran who was once a strong, independent, and took care of their family and even friends, getting older is going to be difficult, just as it will be for most people. When they start having trouble getting up and down the stairs, changing a lightbulb, cooking a meal, or doing other basic tasks, it can feel as though the end of their life has arrived.

Care for Aging Veterans in Bay Shore NY: Staying Positive

Care for Aging Veterans in Bay Shore NY: Staying Positive

If they are limited in their income, they might feel there’s no way they can afford home care support.

These veterans and others may very well know that home care would be the right thing at this point in their life, but couldn’t, in any possible way, figure out how they could pay for it. So, instead of pursuing it and looking into agencies and other options, they let it go and just struggle along with the challenges they face.

They might lean on family and friends, if they have any in the area. Even if they get some support from these men and women in their life, there’s an increasing likelihood of feeling dejected, pessimistic, and basically giving up.

It’s difficult to stay positive when the challenges build.

For veterans who may qualify, the Aid and Attendance Benefit could be the answer they need to not just afford to hire home care support, but to also stay positive when the challenges of life continue to mount.

To be eligible, he or she must be considered a wartime veteran. In other words, at least one day of their active duty service needs to have fallen during a time of official combat. This doesn’t mean they fought in a forward combat environment, but that their time of service overlapped World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the Gulf War. If they served any time during the Gulf War, they need to have served a minimum of two years active duty, otherwise it is 90 days.

They also must be able to prove home care is needed for safety, to help them with daily activities, or for some other specific purpose. Finally, their combined income and assets cannot exceed $119,000. For veterans who qualify, this is a great way to afford the home care they need and, ultimately, help them to stay positive at a time when it is so difficult to do that on their own.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for an aging veteran in Bay Shore, NY, please contact the caring staff at Family First Home Companions. Serving all of Long Island. Call today: (631) 319-3961

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Jennifer Benjamin

Jennifer Benjamin has a Masters degree in Business Administration, a graduate Certificate in Geriatric Care Management, is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and is co-founder of Family First Home Companions. With a background in human resources and business management she helped to build a company that is founded on professionalism, integrity, compassion and know-how.

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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