Benefits Available to Veterans for Home Care Services

Do you help care for a Veteran, spouse of a Veteran, or know someone that does? If so, you may be unaware of this benefit to help cover the cost of home care services.

The Veterans Aid & Attendance (A&A) Pension is a little known benefit that provides financial support for low-income veterans and surviving spouses needing care services. The pension can help cover the cost of home care assistance such as bathing, dressing, and eating.

Certain requirements must be met in order to qualify including:

  • Participation in Wartime service (or is Widow of Wartime Veteran)
  • Age of Wartime Veteran
  • Total cost of medical expenses
  • Need for assistance with 2 or more activities of daily living
  • Household income and asset limits

The chart below shows examples of pension benefits based on Veteran status: VA-ELHCS-homecare-infograph

The process to gather all required paperwork and complete the application process can be quite time-consuming. However, as you can see by the monthly pension benefits, it is well worth the effort.

At Enriched Life Home Care Services, we salute our Veterans and thank them for their loyal service to our country. Our case managers are here to provide compassionate and affordable home care to Veterans that need assistance.

For more information about the Veterans Aid & Attendance Pension benefit contact the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

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You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling… Robots as Future Caregivers?

Caring, Loving, Compassionate, Considerate, Supportive, and the list goes on. These are just some of the adjectives that are commonly used to describe a caregiver. But in the near future there could be a robot that is used to provide care for our aging family and friends. Why? Because due to the rising age of the baby boomers there is concern that there may not be enough caregivers to provide care. How can you teach a robot to have feelings? I am not sure you can.

According to a recent study conducted by an article on CNN.com, by the year 2050 the elderly will account for 16 percent of the global population. In other words that is 1.5 billion people over the age of 65 (Population Reference Bureau). This is where caring for seniors whether it be physically, emotionally, and/or mentally will become an enormous task. Adding to the difficulty is also finding the properly trained, educated, and willing individuals for the job.

Robot caregiver

Many times seniors may just need conversation and companionship. A robot may be able to provide some dialog, but it’s not likely that a piece of metal will provide much by way of companionship. Then there is the ability to act as a reminder system for those who are suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s likely a robot could do that with ease. But, will it be able to create and foster that sense of love and compassion that is uniquely humane? For many families this may be the greatest question.

There are many positive benefits to the robot caregiver and many disadvantages as well. One thing that is for certain is that we must continue to provide the most compassionate and loving care for our seniors and those with disabilities that we can.

Important Home Safety Tips for Aging Seniors

Today, there are more and more aging seniors that want to stay in the comfort of their own home. For many, they are still capable of living on their own with minimal assistance. However, even the most independent person may need help sometimes making sure their environment is safe.

For example, many of us take for granted that we can easily check the batteries in our smoke alarm to ensure they are still working. Or we can just run to the store to replace a light bulb that burns out. Although some seniors are able to take care of these type of things on their own, many cannot. Not taking care of them could cause injury or possibly even death from a fire.

Here are a few home safety and fall prevention tips that could help keep your loved one safe while in their home alone.

5 Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors

CHECK ALL CORDS: Make sure any cords are out of the traffic flow to prevent trip and fall accidents. Also, take note of any furniture resting on cords that could cause them to be damaged and create a shock or fire hazard.

DEVELOP AN EMERGENCY EXIT PLAN:  Is there an emergency exit plan and an alternate emergency exit plan in case of a fire? Once a fire starts, it spreads rapidly. Since there may not be much time to get out and there may be a lot of confusion, it is important that a plan is in place before the unexpected happens.

CHECK RUGS AND MATS: Take a look at small rugs, runners, and mats. Make sure that they are skid resistant by applying double-sided adhesive carpet tape or rubber matting to the backs.

CREATE EMERGENCY CONTACT LIST: If an emergency happens, are there emergency telephone numbers listed? Take the time to make a list of numbers for the Police, Fire Department, and local Poison Control Center, along with close relatives’ and a neighbor’s number. Write the numbers in large print and tape them to the phone, or place them near the phone where they can be seen easily.

CHECK BATHTUB AND SHOWER AREAS: These are some of the most dangerous areas because they become very slippery when they get wet. Ensure that all bathtubs and showers are equipped with non-skid mats, abrasive strips, or surfaces that are not slippery. Grab bars can be installed as well to assist with getting in and out of the tub safely.

These are just a few common home safety measures that Enriched Life Home Care Services provides to families and individuals as a complimentary service. We want to make sure that the homes of our seniors and those who may need assistance can be comforted in knowing their homes are safe for them to live in comfortably.

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