Today is Veteran’s Day, a National Holiday set out to honor those special people in our lives that have dedicated themselves to protecting our country, and our freedoms. And some times, these duties they perform, or have performed, while protecting our country lead them to require additional care when they get home. But knowing where to look for help may not always be as easy as we wish it to be.
The good news is, though, that there are a number of programs out there for veterans requiring home health care and respite services. Below are some helpful tips for getting started in your search.
Of course, VA.gov, the national website dedicated to veteran’s assistance, is a great place to start, and they even have a helpful guide to determining qualifications and how to receive home health and respite care. And, according to Va.gov, assistance in care may extend a lot further than you might think.
Veterans may qualify for personal home care assistance, including:
- Getting dressed
- Using the bathroom
- Moving from one place to another
- Shopping for food
- Doing laundry
- Paying bills or managing money
- Taking medication
- Getting to appointments
- Using the telephone
Also, many veterans, and family caregivers, may be surprised to learn as well that there exist a number of options for reimbursement for home health care assistance, and that home health care assistance, for those who qualify, is included in their VHA Standard Medical Benefits package as well.
Of course, if you require more long term care, VA.gov has a website for that as well, so take the time to look it over, and talk to your VA Social Worker about your options for care; you may have more than you think.
What this all means is that veterans deserve to get the help they need when they get home, and that it’s important for them, or a friend or loved one, to get in contact with those who can help them navigate the waters of finding coverage and get the benefits they’re entitled to.
Finally, on behalf of everyone here at Alliance Home Health Care: Thank you for your service.